Instructors: Aram Mikaelyan
Course Offerings: Fall semester
NEXT OFFERING: Fall 2019
Requirements: Graduate standing or prerequisites (MB-351 or ENT-426).
Description: Insects are characterized by a diversity and complexity of host-microbe interactions that make them a marvel to behold. As they diversified over the last 400 million years, insects have forged unique relationships with the microbial world. Ranging from the pathogenic to the mutualistic, from intracellular symbionts to gut microbiomes, from digestion to sex determination, host-microbe interactions have fundamentally shaped the insect evolution. In this course, we will explore this fascinating and unique landscape of insect-microbe interactions, covering topics including insect immunity, entomopathogens, intracellular symbionts, and gut microbiomes.
The course will include lectures, discussions, and in-class games, and the anticipated schedule includes two weekly classes (Tue/Thu; 09:30 - 11:00). Because of the interactive nature of the class, attendance is critical and will be recorded.
Graduate-level discussion of eusocial insects and other social groups.
Instructors: David Tarpy, Bonnie Blaimer, and Aram Mikaelyan
Course Offerings: Spring semester
NEXT OFFERING: Spring 2020
Description: Highly advanced insect societies—such as ants, social bees, termites, and social wasps—are among the most fascinating and ecologically dominant animals in most ecosystems. The course explores these and other systems, taking a broad perspective of social behavior in all insects. The anticipated format of the seminar will be a weekly 1.5-hour meeting (time and place TBD on enrollment), where the first 3-4 weeks will be a general discussion of key papers concerning the definition of sociality, kin selection, and alternative frameworks. Subsequent weeks will be student-led presentations and paper discussions associated with sub-topics on social behavior of their choosing.