PEPS 363/363L: General Entomology

Offered the spring.

Bennett will be filling in as the primary instructor for Gen. Ent. this Fall 2016. Stay tuned for updates.


PEPS 691 Special Topics: Genome Evolution and Speciation

Currently offered the spring.

This will be a one credit course for upper-level undergraduates and grad students. Advances in molecular genetics and evolutionary theory have expanded our understanding of how life on earth has evolved. New technologies in genome sequencing, gene expression, and epigenetics have paved the way for a deeper understanding of how genome structure and function govern organismal biology. It has become clear that the genome is the canvass on which evolutionary processes do their work. Whether through adaptation to novel environments, coevolution between interacting species, sexual selection, or random processes – changes in the genome govern how organisms evolve to fit the world in which they live. This seminar will explore the broad question of how evolution operates on genome architecture and function to shape species evolution, environmental adaptations, and evolutionary dead-ends. Specific emphasis will be placed on methods for studying the impact of mutation, recombination, and genetic drift on genome architecture and function. We will also spend time discussing the evolution of the human genome.


PEPS 690 Seminar in Entomology: Insect-Microbe Interactions

Currently offered the spring.

This course will explore the broad range of symbiotic interactions that insects have with microbes. We will survey current and classical literature to understand a range of topics that include beneficial symbioses, parasites, agricultural and human pathogens, etc. Specific emphasis will be placed on current topics and research.


PEPS 486 Insect Microbial Symbioses (3)

This class will be offered in the fall of 2016.

Study of insect-microbial systems and their impact on biology, ecology, agriculture, and human disease. Students will learn types of symbiosis, adaptation to symbiotic lifestyles, and pathogen and disease control. Pre: BIOL 172, MICR 130, or consent..


PEPS 686 Molecular Insect-Microbial Biology (3) (2 Lec, 1 3-hr Lab)

In-depth study of the molecular and cellular interactions between microbes and insects. Course will delve into topics covering nutritional mutualisms, manipulative parasites, plant pathogens, and animal disease. Discussions will cover relevant microbiological and molecular techniques.


Course Updates

PEPS 363/363L: General Entomology

In progress

PEPS 690: Grad Seminar on Insect-Microbe Interactions

In progress

PEPS 691: Grad Seminar on Genome Evolution and Speciation

In progress