Winter Courses 2023

All classes will be offered in-person at Hopkins. No application needed to register. 

Tuesdays and Thursdays (Time TBD):


Statistical Modeling (OCEANS 140/240 or BIOHOPK 140H/240H, 3 units) (Graduate students register for 240/240H.) Introduction to applied statistical modeling in a Bayesian framework. Topics will include probability, regression, model comparison, and hierarchical modeling. We will take a hands-on, computational approach (R, Stan) to gain intuition so that students can later design their own inferential models. Prerequisites for this course include introductory statistics and some calculus or linear algebra, as well as previous exposure to scientific computing. Open to graduate students; undergraduate students may enroll with consent of instructor.



9:00-11:45 - Sustainability in Marine Organisms, Learning from the Evolutionary Survivors (OCEANS 74 or BIOHOPK 74H, 3 units): While climate change has impacted life at land and sea, it’s impossible to know exactly how fast species will adapt to warmer and more acidic sea water, and which species will survive into the future. In this course we will explore ancient marine organisms that adapted and survived to diverse environmental changes across millions of years of evolution to better understand the molecular cellular and communal elements that allowed for their success. The course will include observation and experimentation with diverse marine organisms, lectures, readings, writings, and discussions.

12:00-1:00 - Hopkins Marine Station Seminar (OCEANS 114/214 or BIOHOPK 114H/214H, 1 unit): (Graduate students register for 214/214H.) Introduction to research in marine science through a weekly seminar series at Hopkins Marine Station. The weekly seminars will approach questions of development, physiology, ecology, evolution, and oceanography using contemporary methods. 

1:30-4:30 - Between Pacific Tides: Invertebrate Zoology in Monterey Bay (OCEANS 161/261 or BIOHOPK 161H/261H, 3 units) (Graduate students register for 261/261H.) Invertebrates range in size from microscopic mites to giant squid and are integral to ecosystems and their functioning. More than 97% of all described animal species lack a spine, and this course is an introductory survey of invertebrate diversity with an emphasis on intertidal habitats of Monterey Bay. Students will explore the form, function, evolution, and natural history of the major invertebrate groups through lectures, labs, and field trips. Prerequisite: BIO 81 or BIO 85 recommended.