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T BIOL 204 Tropical Ecology and Sustainability (5) NScExplores biological and cultural aspects of tropical ecosystems. Integrates concepts from environmental science, ecology, and evolution in order to gain an understanding of tropical ecology.View course details in MyPlan: T BIOL 204




Ecology of Insects: Concepts and Applications -...



T BIOL 340 Ecology and Its Applications (6) NScExamines key processes and interactions (e.g. population growth and regulation, competition, predation, symbiosis, and the structure of biological communities) needed to understand basic ecology and its applications. Discussions of ecological theory and data from a variety of habitats are augmented by a required lab section to include field trips, computer simulations, student presentations, and primary literature analysis. Prerequisite: minimum grade of 2.0 in T BIOL 140; minimum grade of 2.0 in T CHEM 162; minimum grade of 2.0 in either TMATH 110, TMATH 116, TMATH 120, or STAT 220; and TESC 310 or TBIOMD 310, which may be taken concurrently. View course details in MyPlan: T BIOL 340


T BIOL 438 Environmental Biology: Marine Invertebrates (6) NScExamines the structure, function, life histories, ecology, and evolution of major groups of marine invertebrate animals. Lectures, discussions, images, and library research augmented by laboratory work with live organisms whenever possible. Integrates details of biodiversity with issues and concepts from ecology and environmental science. Prerequisite: minimum grade of 2.0 in T BIOL 120. View course details in MyPlan: T BIOL 438


Corley is strongly committed to improving the links between ecological concepts and application. His interests are focused on acquiring a better understanding of the processes driving the population dynamics of insect herbivores and invasive species which threaten food and fiber production, especially in a globalized and rapidly changing world. His most recent publications reflect his concern with the patterns that describe forest insect invasions as well as on how behavioral and population ecology can influence invasion success and affect pest management.


Entomology involves everything from "outdoor" work in environmental issues (invasive species, emerging arthropod-borne disease), ecology, animal behavior, parasitology, insect-plant interactions to very "high tech" applications in biotechnology, molecular studies, forensics, and medical/veterinary entomology.


This course is an introduction to the concepts in ecology with emphasis on insects. The relationships of insects with their biotic and physical environments, along with the roles of insects in nature, will be emphasized. The basics of ecological research will also be covered. This is one of the required courses in the entomology graduate curriculum.


Insects possess an inimitable capability to generate and recognize chemical cues and interact with a wide range of organisms in their environment. While these processes are only partly understood, the body of studies presented in this article demonstrates steady progress in understanding ICE and closely related fields. Indeed, ICE is a continuously growing and promising field of research where insights gained when studying these natural ecological interactions trigger new questions and sustainable contributions to the field and applications in agriculture and vector-borne disease control. Advancements in methods and instrumentations are accelerating manipulation of the molecular architecture and chemical events underlying signal emission, olfaction, and behavior. This is deepening our knowledge and helping to answer broader chemoecological and evolutionary questions, especially those linked to agriculture and disease vectors. Because ICE is an interdisciplinary field, the collaboration between professionals and early career scientists working in behavioral ecology, electrophysiology, analytical chemistry, molecular biology, data-driven science, medical entomology, and agroecology, among other disciplines, is vital. The ICE PhD course with its yearly organization rotating between SLU Alnarp in Sweden, PSU in the USA, MPI for Chemical ecology in Jena, Germany, and since 2019, ICIPE in Nairobi, Kenya, with the involvement of lecturers from other leading ICE research institutions, is a successful avenue for students to gain insights into the cutting edge of ICE research. Moreover, the course offers an opportunity to build bridges between disciplines, inspire new questions, and establish professional networks between participating students and lecturing scientists. We challenge the early career ICE scientists to follow and develop the present knowledge beyond their known borders.


AER E 407X/507X. Applied Formal Methods. (3-0) Cr. 3. S. (Cross-listed with COM S 407X/507X.) Prereq: MATH 166 and instructor permission. Introduction to the fundamentals of formal methods, a set of mathematically rigorous techniques for the formal specification, validation, and verification of safety-critical systems. Tools, techniques, and applications of formal methods with an emphasis on real-world use-cases such as enabling autonomous operation. Students will build experience in writing mathematically analyzable specifications from English operational concepts for real systems, such as aircraft and spacecraft. Review capabilities and limitations of formal methods in the design, verification, and system health management of today's complex systems.


C R P 251X. Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems. (3-0) Cr. 3. F. Fundamentals of the concepts, models, functions and operations of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Principals of spatial problems, spatial questions and hypotheses and their solutions based on spatial data, GIS tools and techniques. Integration of concepts and applications through lectures and facilitated labs. Applications from a variety of areas including design; physical, social, and human science; engineering; agriculture; business and medicine, landscape architecture, architecture, urban planing, geology, forestry, biology, and ecology.


C R P 450X. Geodesign. (3-0) Cr. 3. S. This course provides an opportunity for students to learn about the fundamental concepts of Geodesign. Geodesign focuses on using a set of techniques and technologies, which can enable stages of project conceptualization, data collection and visualization, spatial analysis, design creation, simulation and stakeholders participation and collaboration. Students read articles discussing Geodesign and watch lectures and presentations given at Geodsign Summits in the USA and Europe. They study applications and study cases in which Geodesign was used and applied. They select a study case and work in interdisciplinary teams to apply learned theoretical Geodesign methodologies and approaches. Students may use any GIS software, ESRI CityEngine, ESRI GeoPlanner and/or Agent-Based Modeling in their studies of the study case.


COM S 407X/507X. Applied Formal Methods. (3-0) Cr. 3. S. (Cross-listed with AER E 407X/507X.) Prereq: MATH 166 and instructor permission. Introduction to the fundamentals of formal methods, a set of mathematically rigorous techniques for the formal specification, validation, and verification of safety-critical systems. Tools, techniques, and applications of formal methods with an emphasis on real-world use-cases such as enabling autonomous operation. Students will build experience in writing mathematically analyzable specifications from English operational concepts for real systems, such as aircraft and spacecraft. Review capabilities and limitations of formal methods in the design, verification, and system health management of today's complex systems.


Principles and concepts of evolution and ecology examined through examples at the level of individuals, populations, communities and ecosystems. Includes the application of ecological and evolutionary approaches to behaviour, genomics, evolutionary medicine, global environmental change, and conservation biology. A Prerequisite for advanced work in biological sciences. Prerequisite: Biology 12 or equivalent. Students without high school Biology must consult the BIO150 Office (BIO150@utoronto.ca)


Two-week field course in Oaxaca, Mexico. Students will learn the natural history of Mexican flora and fauna and apply core concepts of ecology and evolution to observations and experiments in the field. Habitats visited include coastal lagoons, dry scrub forests, and cloud forests. Evaluation includes an independent project. (Next offered in sumMER 2011) Prerequisite: BIO150Y1Y or equivalent, and permission of instructor Recommended preparation: One or more courses in ecology and/or evolution


Since the time of the first microbe hunters, primary culture and isolation of bacteria has been a foundation of microbiology. Like other microbial methods, bacterial culture and isolation methodologies continue to develop. Although fundamental concepts like selection and enrichment are as relevant today as they were over 100 yr ago, advances in chemistry, molecular biology and bacterial ecology mean that today's culture and isolation techniques serve additional supporting roles. The primary isolation of Shiga toxigenic (STEC) from environmental sources relies on enriching the target while excluding extensive background flora. Due to the complexity of environmental substrates, no single method can be recommended; however, common themes are discussed. Brilliant Green Bile Broth, with or without antibiotics, is one of many broths used successfully for selective STEC enrichment. Stressed cells may require a pre-enrichment recovery step in a nonselective broth such as buffered peptone water. After enrichment, immunomagnetic separation with serotype specific beads drastically increases the chances for recovery of STEC from environmental or insect sources. Some evidence suggests that acid treating the recovered beads can further enhance isolation. Although it is common in human clinical, food safety, and water quality applications to plate the recovered beads on Sorbitol MacConkey Agar, other chromogenic media, such as modified CHROMagar, have proven helpful in field and outbreak applications, allowing the target to be distinguished from the numerous background flora. Optimum conditions for each sample and target must be determined empirically, highlighting the need for a better understanding of STEC ecology. 041b061a72


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