Ecology and Human Health
Credit: 3 hours.
Exploration of the emergence of infectious diseases and other human health issues from an ecological perspective, including vector-borne diseases, diseases spread from wildlife in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, and the role of pathogens and parasites in community and population ecology, food webs, and ecosystem functioning. Attention will be placed on how current and future global change and biodiversity loss will contribute to the increasing prevalence of human emerging diseases. Prerequisite: IB 203 or consent of instructor.
Biology of Disease Vectors
Credit: 4 hours.
Vector-borne diseases continue to exact an enormous toll on human health globally. In this course we approach vector biology from a diversity of perspectives, including: entomology of disease vectors, including morphological features used for identification, the ecology and evolutionary biology of vector-borne disease dynamics, and the socio-economic context in which vector-borne diseases occur. This course consists of two lectures, one discussion and one laboratory per week. Open to upper-level undergraduates and graduate students.
History of Medical Entomology Graduate Seminar
Credit: 1 hour.
The spring semester entomology seminar will focus on the historical development of the field of medical entomology. Many aspects of the interaction between events in human history and the development of this scientific field will be considered, including: the effects of arthropods and arthropod-borne diseases on major historical events (particularly the outcomes of military conflicts); world events that led to the creation of this new branch of entomology; major figures in the field of medical entomology, past and present, and the historical circumstances that led them to become medical entomologists; and the important role medical entomology continues to serve today in influencing global events. Readings will be drawn from a broad variety of literature sources, including entomology journals, history journals, and the popular press.