Hopkins Spring Courses 2022

Applications closed for Spring 2022


Marine Conservation Biology (BIOHOPK 173H/273H, 2 or 4 units) 

Introduction to the key concepts of ecology and policy relevant to marine conservation issues at the population to ecosystems level. The 4 credit course will include lectures, readings and discussions of primary literature, and attendance at seminars with visiting scholars. Prerequisite: intro biology. Students who want to enroll only in the seminar course (2 units) should register for BIOHOPK 173HA.

Ocean Forensics: Ecological, Conservation and Market Data from Environmental DNA (BIOHOPK 159H, 4 units)

DNA collected from the environment – air, water, market samples, soil, substrates, etc – contains a wealth of information about the species that have been in those locations. This course is about the methods to extract DNA, manipulate it and sequence it to determine the species and populations there. It will also delve into the bioinformatic tools needed to ensure data quality, compare results to existing taxonomic data bases, test hypotheses, and visualize the results.

Intro to Research in Ecology and Ecological Physiology (BIOHOPK 47H, 4 units)

This course is a field-based inquiry into rocky intertidal shores that introduces students to ecology and environmental physiology and the research methods used to study them. Students will learn how to detect patterns quantitatively in nature through appropriate sampling methods & statistical analysis. This course fulfills the same laboratory requirement as BIO 47. Satisfies WIM in Biology and Writing in the Major.

Experimental Design and Probability (BIOHOPK 174H/274H, 4 units)

Nature is inherently variable. Statistics gives us the tools to quantify the uncertainty of our measurements and draw conclusions from data. This course is an introduction to probability, statistical analysis, and experimental design. The primary focus is on the use of general linear models (e.g., t-tests, analysis of variance, regression). Students will use R to explore and analyze datasets relevant to the life and ocean sciences. No programming or statistical background is assumed. Graduate students register for 274H.

People and Nature of Monterey Bay (BIOHOPK 119H, 2 units)

This course is an exploration of the natural and cultural history of the Monterey Bay. Its shoreline has captured the imagination of scientists and artists alike; the rich natural history has shaped a social history saturated by the sea and predicated on bountiful fisheries. Students will discover natural landscapes including intertidal rocky shores, kelp forests, coastal dunes, wetlands, the deep sea and open ocean; human landscapes will include native communities prior to European colonization, whaling and the history of marine overexploitation, agriculture, urbanization and coastal erosion. The class is organized around weekly outdoor field trips to sites around the Monterey Peninsula, student-led discussions, and writing reflections.

Weekly Course Schedule

Monday and Wednesday morning: Intro to Research in Ecology and Ecological Physiology

Monday and Wednesday afternoon: Experimental Design and Probability

Tuesday: People and Nature of Monterey Bay

Thursday: Ocean Forensics

Friday: Marine Conservation Biology