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ENT 601/801 (Seminar)
Social behavior of insects

Graduate-level discussion of eusocial insects and other social groups.


Instructors: David Tarpy and Aram Mikaelyan
Credits: 1
Course Offerings: Spring semester
NEXT OFFERING: Spring 2021

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.

ENT 601/801 (Seminar)
Arthropod-microbe interactions

Graduate-level discussion of arthropods and their microbial interactions.

Instructors: Loganathan Ponnusamy and Aram Mikaelyan
Credits: 1
Course Offerings: Spring semester
NEXT OFFERING: Spring 2022

Description: This seminar course will cover the diverse associations that exist between arthropods and microorganisms. As shown in the figure, students will learn about the diversity and importance of microorganisms to insect science. Students will gain an appreciation for this important field of research from those currently doing the research.

Not to be confused with the similar-sounding 3-credit course "Insect-microbe interactions"