*FRSEMR 24Q. Biology of Symbiosis: From the Deep-Sea to the Human Microbiome


  • Professor: Colleen M. Cavanaugh
  • Term: Fall
  • Days: W
  • Time: 3:00-5:15PM
  • School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
  • Course ID: 110305
  • Subject Area: Freshman Seminars

Symbioses - "living together" with microbes - are ubiquitous in nature, with powerful effects on the physiology, ecology, and evolution of all living organisms. The diversity of symbioses drives biological innovation, challenging us to think about life on earth at a different/new level. This seminar examines the role of symbiosis in ecology and evolution, human health and disease, agriculture, and biotechnology.
Ranging from beneficial bacteria to pathogens, microbial symbioses with animals (including the human microbiome), plants, fungi, and protists will be explored through lectures, presentations, and critique of primary research papers. Symbioses will be complemented by firsthand observations via microscopy and field trips to local environs. Every student will have their own microscope!

Course Requirements: Course open to Freshman Students Only