At the Bench: Disease Ecology

BIOL-UA 500

The environmental determinants of disease vectors and the molecular techniques used to measure prevalence of a pathogen in these vectors. Students conduct a semester-long research project on Lyme disease, the most prevalent vector-borne disease in the United States, to determine the prevalence of Borrelia burgdorferi (the Lyme disease causative agent) in tick populations from local forests. Combines field collection, lab work, and epidemiological models.

Format: Lecture, Laboratory

Prerequisites: MCB1 or Fund Ecol (BIOL-UA 21 or 63)

Corequisites: None

Location: New York

Equivalent(s): None

Syllabus

Term(s) offered:

Requirements satisfied:
  • Major: Biology Standard Track
      • Upper-Level Elective
          • Laboratory Skills
          • Advanced Biology
  • Major: Ecology Track
      • Upper-Level Elective
          • Laboratory Skills
          • Advanced Biology
  • Major: GPH/Biology
      • Emphasis-Area Elective
          • Environmental Health
      • Additional Elective
  • Minor: Environmental Biology
      • Elective