The main features of the course are:
Lecture portion (to approximately 3rd week in March): We focus on a number of physiological mechanisms that are peculiar to insects. Most of this is done by analysis of original research papers. Although the specific areas covered will be limited, at the end of the course you should be able to appreciate papers in virtually any other area of insect function. More important, you should have a strong understanding of the experimental basis of insect physiology.
Student oral presentation portion (from approximately 3rd week in March): Each student will deliver an oral presentation on a recent research paper (or short series of related papers) from the primary literature.
Major-essay portion: Each student shall submit an end-of-term essay on any topic relating to insect function.
See the current course description for further details.