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KBS summer courses are truly a unique experience!  Our courses emphasis hands-on research and are field based.  Courses are taught by top-notch faculty that are experts in their field and love to teach!  Course sizes are small  and class runs all day, so there is plenty of time to interact with instructors and students and to be out in the field!  Students can live at KBS or commute if you live nearby.  A summer course at KBS is a great way to gain experience, earn credit, and to have a ton of fun!students at pond

"Couldn’t have asked for better instructors..knowledgeable, interested, enthusiastic and helpful.”


If you have questions please email: KBSsummer@kbs.msu.edu

Enrollment

Students must apply to enroll in KBS Undergraduate courses.  We prioritize students that are interested in taking multiple courses, so check with your advisor to see which courses will work for you.  Applications are reviewed every two weeks and students are accepted on a first come basis.  The application only takes a few minutes to fill out.  Students that plan to live-in-residence at KBS pay a 1-week down payment to confirm their spot in a course.

Courses fill fast so be sure to apply early!

Summer 2015 Course Application

Housing

KBS is located about 1.5 hours from the MSU main campus.  Students can either chose to live-in-residence or commute.  KBS is located on beautiful Gull Lake and there is shared housing available to students.  Each summer over 50 undergraduates from around the country live at KBS.  We have undergraduate Resident Mentors that facilitate student life activities at KBS including bonfires, volleyball games, group meals, camping trips and weekend excursions.  A summer at KBS is one you will never forget!  We provide discounted housing scholarships on a first come basis to students that enroll in courses.

 

2015 KBS Undergraduate Courses:

1st Session Courses (May 18-June 19)
-Ecology (ZOL 355)
-Ecology Lab (ZOL 355L)
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1st Session Short Courses (2-3 weeks)
-Algal Biology (PLB 424)
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2nd Session Courses (July 6-August 7)
-Ecology (ZOL 355)**
-Ecology Lab (ZOL 355L)**
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**Priority for these courses is given to students that enroll in the KBS Scholar: Launch Your Major Program.

KBS Scholar: Launch Your Major Program
The Launch Your Major Program is designed for students after their freshman year or transfer students.  This program allows students to take a full load of high demand courses with a field based approach.  The courses include BS 162/172, STT 224, ZOL355/L, and FW 419.  These courses are requirments for several majors and fill quickly on campus.  By participating in this program students will gain the necessary prerequisites and skills to jump into their upper level curriculum back on campus.  Priority is given to students that plan to enroll in all of these courses.  To apply fill out the Summer 2015 Course Application.

 


Plant Systematics

Course code: PLB 418 (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.


 

Organisms and Populations & Organismal Biology Lab

Course Code: BS 162 (3 credits) & BS172 (2 credits)
Dates: May 18 to June 19
Meeting time: Class meets all day on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
Instructors: TBD

--Course description coming soon--

Prerequisite: BS 161, LB 145, equivalent, or appproval from instructor

NOTE: Priority for this course is given to students that enroll in the KBS Scholar: Launch Your Major Program.


 

Algal Biology

Course Code: PLB 424 (3 credits)
Dates: May 18 to May 29
Meeting time: Class meets all day on Monday through Friday
Instructors: Dr. Rex Lowe (Bowling Green) & Dr. Elena Litchman (KBS-PLB)

In this course, students will conduct a survey of the algae of Michigan with an emphasis on taxonomy and ecology. Students will become familiar with the algae of streams, bogs, fens, swamps, beach pools, and the lakes. Special attention will be given to field investigations and development of hands on research experience.


 

Statistics for Ecologists

Course Code: STT 224 (3 credits)
Dates: May 19 to June 18
Meeting time: Class meets all day on Tuesday and Thursday
Instructors: TBD

--Course description coming soon--

NOTE: Priority for this course is given to students that enroll in the KBS Scholar: Launch Your Major Program.


Ecology & Ecology Lab: 1st Session

Course Code: ZOL 355 (3 credits)
Dates: May 18 to June 17
Meeting time: Class meets all day on Monday and Wednesday
Instructors:
TBD

Course Code: ZOL 355L (1 credit)
Dates: May 22 to June 19
Meeting time: Class meets all day on Friday
Instructors: TBD

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.

Prerequisite: BS 162, LBS 144, LBS 148H, approval of the instructor.


Ecology & Ecology Lab: 2nd Session

Course Code: ZOL 355 (3 credits)
Dates: July 6 to August 5
Meeting time: Class meets all day on Monday and Wednesday
Instructors:
TBD

Course Code: ZOL 355L (1 credit)
Dates: July 10 to August 7
Meeting time: Class meets all day on Friday
Instructors: TBD

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.

Prerequisite: BS 162, LBS 144, LBS 148H, approval of the instructor.

NOTE: Priority for this course is given to students that enroll in the KBS Scholar: Launch Your Major Program.


Wetland Ecology & Management

Course Code: FW 417 (3 credits)
Dates: July 7 to August 6
Meeting time: Class meets all day on Tuesday and Thursday
Instructors:
Dr. Steve Hamilton (KBS-ZOL) & 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.

 


GIS Applications in Natural Resources

Course Code: FW 419 (3 credits)
Dates: July 7 to August 6
Meeting time: Class meets all day on Tuesday and Thursday
Instructors: TBD

--Course description coming soon--

NOTE: Priority for this course is given to students that enroll in the KBS Scholar: Launch Your Major Program.


Field Ecology and Evolution

Course Code: ZOL 440 (4 credits)
Dates: July 7 to August 6
Meeting time: Class meets all day on Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Instructors:
Dr. Jeff Conner (KBS-PLB)

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 355 or equivalent.



Nature, Environmental, and Travel Writing

Course Code: WRA 341 (3 credits)
Dates: June 15 to July 3
Meeting time: Class meets all day Monday through Friday
Instructors: Dr. Donnie Sackey (Wayne State University)

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.


Field Ecology of Arthropod Disease Vectors

Course Code: ENT 401 (3 credits)
Dates: June 15 to June 26
Meeting time: Class meets all day Monday through Friday
Instructors:
Dr. Michael Kaufman (ENT) & Dr. Jean Tsao (FW)

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.

 


Biomonitoring of Streams & Rivers

Course Code: ENT 469 (3 credits)
Dates: June 1 to June 12
Meeting time: Class meets all day Monday through Friday
Instructors: Dr. Michael Kaufman (ENT) & Dr. Rich Merritt (ENT)

"Biological monitoring can be defined as the systematic use of biological responses to evaluate changes in the environment" (Rosenberg and Resh 1993). The use of biomonitoring to assess stream water quality has become an accepted and standardized procedure by almost all government agencies that deal with environmental issues. Even so, the field is still coming into it's own and many techniques are in the developmental stage. This course is intended to provide students with a practical knowledge of current techniques used in biomonitoring of streams and rivers. An emphasis will be placed on the assessment of taxonomic groups of benthic organisms, particularly macroinvertebrates since this group is central to almost all biomonitoring programs. However, techniques in the assessment of stream physiochemical parameters, detritus processing, as well as fish, algal and microbial communities will be also presented.

 


Current Topics in Ecology and Evolution

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

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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