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KBS summer classes emphasize hands-on research and field experience. students at pond

Appropriate clothing and footgear is highly recommended. Classes generally meet eight hours per day (9:00 am to 5:00 pm) unless specified otherwise.

FAQs about summer classes at KBS

If you have problems registering for a class, please email KBSsummer@kbs.msu.edu.


2015 KBS Undergraduate Courses:

1st Session Courses (May 18-June 19)
-Ecology (ZOL 355)
-Ecology Lab (ZOL 355L)
-Organisms & Populations (BS 162)
-Organismal Biology Lab (BS 172)
-Statistics for Ecologists (STT 224)
1st Session Short Courses (2-3 weeks)
-Algal Biology (PLB 424)
-Biomonitoring of Streams & Rivers (ENT 469)
2nd Session Courses (July 6-August 7)
-Ecology (ZOL 355)
-Ecology Lab (ZOL 355L)
-GIS Applications in Natural Resources (FW 419)

2015 KBS Graduate Courses:
-Social-Ecological Systems (FOR/SOC 890)
-Biological Systems Modeling (GLG 893)



Scholarships cover tuition, room and board, and are primarily for students in residence.

KBS Scholar Program
The KBS Scholar Program provides a $2,000-$3,000 scholarship to students that enroll in a large number of credit.  This funding covers Room & Board costs, plus a modest tuition scholarship.  Students must enroll in at least 7 credits to apply.

The deadline for Scholarship applications is March 15, 2014.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The deadline for scholarship applications is before summer registration begins in late March! If you are awarded a scholarship for enrollment in an undergraduate course, we will hold a seat for you in the class via enrollment over-ride.


Plant Systematics

Course code: PLB 418, Section 431 (3 credits)
Dates: May 19 to June 18
Meeting time: Class meets all day on Tuesday & Thursday
Instructor: Dr. Todd Barkman - Western Michigan University

A field-oriented systematics course, emphasizing native flora identification and classification. Each day starts with a one and one-half hour lecture on systematics and plant family characteristics. The remainder of the day is spent in the field. Identifying habitats and the factors controlling plant distribution, understanding biodiversity and human effects and skill-building for continuing new species identification are emphasized.

Prerequisite: PLB 105 or BS 162, LBS 144 or LBS 148H or approval of instructor.

Textbook: Edward Voss. Michigan Flora.
Part I. Gymnosperms and Monocots. Bulletin 55.
Part II. Dicots (Saururaceae - Cornaceae). Bulletin 59.
Part III. Dicots (Pyrolaceae - Compositae). Bulletin 61.
Each volume is about $18.

Ecology and Ecology lab

ZOL 355, Section 431. 3 credits. May 19th to June 18rd, MW
Instructors: Dr. Eben Gering & Kane Keller

ZOL 355L, Section 431. 1 credit.  May 23rd to June 20th, F
Instructor: Anne Royer

Students learn about the relationships between plants, animals and the physical world. The class explores population, community and ecosystem level processes in a wide variety of aquatic and terrestrial habitats. Students are introduced to basic ecological principles and how they can be used to solve environmental problems. Students will learn a variety of sampling techniques, how to analyze data, and will present results of the field research to the class.

Prereq: BS 162 or LBS 144 or LBS 148H or approval of the instructor.

To reserve a space in this course, apply for a tuition scholarship. All Scholarship awardees will receive an over-ride into the course.

Wetland Ecology & Management

FW 417, Section 431. 3 credits. July 8th to July 31st TuTh
: Dr. Steve Hamilton & Todd Losee (Niswander Environmental)

Wetlands have increasingly been recognized as ecosystems of particular value, yet many of our wetlands have been lost or degraded by agricultural land conversion, river regulation, and urban development. As a result wetlands now receive special attention and protection in natural resources management and policy. This course covers the ecology of wetlands, and how this ecological knowledge can be applied to the sustainable utilization and conservation of wetlands. Students will visit a diversity of sites to learn about why wetlands are so ecologically variable, how wetlands are delineated, the plant and animal life they harbor, the ecosystem services they provide, and how they can be managed—or even created from scratch. Lead instructors include Dr. Stephen Hamilton, an ecosystem ecologist with extensive experience in wetland research around the world, and Todd Losee, an environmental consultant who practices wetland restoration and has also worked in the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

To reserve a space in this course, apply for a tuition scholarship. All Scholarship awardees will receive an over-ride into the course.

Field Ecology and Evolution

ZOL 440, Section 431, 4 credits. July 7th - August 1st, MWF
Instructors: Dr. Jen Lau and Dr. Brian Roth

A field-based, problem solving course designed for advanced undergraduate and beginning graduate students. Students are introduced to conceptual and practical research approaches in ecology and evolution through a variety of field studies on plants and animals. Research projects are co-designed by students and faculty.

Prereq: ZOL/PLB 355 or equivalent.

To reserve a space in this course, apply for a tuition scholarship. All Scholarship awardees will receive an over-ride into the course.


Nature, Environmental, and Travel Writing

WRA 341, Section 431. 3 credits. 
June 16th to June 27th, MTWRF

Instructors: Dr. Donnie Sackey

What are the spaces of nature? What are the spaces for writing nature? How might the way we map the world within space affect acts of literacy and movement? These are the questions that will frame our investigation of environmental writing practices. This course examines a number of environmental controversies through writing moments that center on justice, and what it means to make knowledge about “nature.” On the agenda are historical texts like Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring. Rather than reading Carson in isolation, we’ll read around her by engaging with the texts of her critics and considering the effect that this controversy has had on the development of environmental genres. The end goal is to contemplate the larger rhetorical ecologies in which environmental writing lives.

To reserve a space in this course, apply for a tuition scholarship. All Scholarship awardees will receive an over-ride into the course.

Field Ecology of Arthropod Disease Vectors

ENT 401, Section 431. 3 credits.
June 2nd to June 13th, MTWRF

Instructors: Dr. Michael Kaufman & Dr. Jean Tsao

This course is designed to give students experience in the surveillance and identification of arthropods associated with the transmission of human and animal diseases, and to introduce them to ideas and methods necessary for understanding the dynamics of the disease systems. We will focus on mosquito and tick vectors of diseases in Michigan such as West Nile virus, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, and Lyme disease, but will also examine aspects of Epizootic Hemorrhagic disease and other pathogens transmitted by arthropods. We will also do field work with animal hosts for diseases (e.g., birds, rodents) and will cover molecular techniques involved in the assays for pathogens involved.

To reserve a space in this course, apply for a tuition scholarship. All Scholarship awardees will receive an over-ride into the course.

Current Topics in Ecology and Evolution

ZOL/PLB/CSS 891 Section 401, 1-2 credits
Dr. Kay Gross –

This course is also known as the "Eminent Ecologists" series.

Distinguished scientists in ecology or evolutionary biology who reside at KBS for a week over the summer will offer formal seminars, informal discussions and one-on-one dialogue with students. To prepare for the seminars, students are expected to read selected publications by each speaker in his or her current research and participate in post-seminar discussions.

Please visit the Eminent Ecologist course page for specific dates of class meetings. All seminars begin at 7:30 pm in the Academic Building Auditorium.

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