- UNDERGRADUATE TEACHING
- . ENTO/ECOL/MIC/ACBS 310, “Living in Symbiosis”
Course Summary: This course focuses on microbial symbiosis that spans from highly integrated obligatory symbioses to loose associations. Students learn how symbionts have adapted to their hosts with astounding sophistication, being able, in many cases, to control their reproduction, behavior and overall physiology. Emphasis is placed on symbiotic associations with relevance to human medicine, veterinary sciences and agriculture.
- HNRS 195I, Honors College Freshman Colloquium: "Microbes Rule!"
Course Summary: Microbes are everywhere, and they do a lot of good for human health and the health of animals and plants. In fact, disease-causing microbes makeup only a very tiny fraction of the millions of types of microbes. The focus of the colloquium will be on beneficial partnerships between microbes and other organisms. We will read and discuss research articles regarding the role of microbes in the evolution of life on our planet. Relevant scientific articles will be selected for debate in class. There will be 1-2 lectures on skills for scientific communication and one panel on "success stories in academia" . Also a one-day field trip to Mt Lemmon will be planned at the end of the semester to wrap up all concepts learned."
- GRADUATE TEACHING
- . EIS 546, “Insect Pathogens”
Course Summary: In this course we study the biology, ecology, evolutionary relationships of insect pathogens, etiology, symptomatology and epizootiology. Additionally techniques for preparation, identification, diagnosis and safety testing of pathogens are demonstrated and discussed.
- POSTGRADUATE TEACHING
Emphasis is given to the identification of major groups of nematodes and other insect pathogens (Bacteria, Fungi, Protozoa and Viruses) with potential for biological control of insect pests.
These courses are taught in either Spanish or in English. The courses are usually taught in one week and include 20-30 hours of formal lectures and 10 hours of laboratory instruction/demonstrations and a field trip. The courses are tuned based on the interest of organizers and/or participants.