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Spring 2013-2014
EEB 328 (STL)   na, npdf

Ecology and Epidemiology of Parasites and Infectious Diseases

Andrew P. Dobson


An introduction to the biology of viruses, bacteria, fungi, protozoa, worms, arthropods, and parasitic plants. The major emphasis will be on the parasites of animals and plants, with further study of the epidemiology of infectious diseases in human populations. Studies of AIDS, anthrax, and worms, and their role in human history will be complemented by ecological and evolutionary studies of fig wasps, measles, myxomatosis, and communities of parasitic helminths. The course combines lectures with daily field laboratories to explore the dynamics and abundance of parasite in a variety of host species in the Panama Canal zone.

Sample reading list:
Grenfell & Dobson, Infectious Diseases in Natural Populations (Cambridge Press)
Hudson et al., Ecology of Wildlife Diseases (Oxford Univ. Press)
Coombes, Claude, The Art of Being a Parasite (U. of Chicago)

Reading/Writing assignments:
Grading is based upon participation and performance in field laboratory work. Students are expected to write up lab reports and one final independent project.

Final Exam - 30%
Lab Reports - 40%
Other (See Instructor) - 30%

Other Requirements:
International Travel Required
Open to Juniors Only.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
EEB 321 and enrollment in the EEB Spring semester in tropical biology taught in Panama..

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
41037 L01 TBA        Enrolled:12 Limit:21
41038 B99 TBA        Enrolled:12 Limit:21