Comparative Invertebrate Embryology
Session A: June 12 - July 15, 2006, M-F 8-5; S 8-12
Biology 536 (9 credits) Dr. Billie J. Swalla and Dr. Sally Leys
This course will provide extensive hands-on laboratory experience with the fertilization and development of most invertebrate phyla including: Cnidaria, Ctenophora, Platyhelminthes, Nemertea, Brachiopoda, Phoronida, Bryozoa, Mollusca, Polychaeta, Chaetognatha, Echinodermata, Hemichordata and Urochordata. The lectures will focus on cellular and molecular analysis of evolutionary changes in development as well as reproduction and gametogenesis. The course will emphasize morphological processes and discuss similarities and differences in embryos. Several field trips will acquaint students with the rich invertebrate fauna of the San Juan Islands. The class is at the graduate student level, but exceptionally qualified undergraduate students will be considered.