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Integrative Biology 24, Section 2
Night (and Day) in the Museum: What Really Goes on in Berkeley’s Museum of Vertebrate Zoology? (1 unit, P/NP)
Professor Eileen Lacey
Wednesday 4:00-6:00, 3101 Valley Life Sciences Building, Class number: 15832

NOTE: The seminar will begin on Wednesday, August 23, 2017. There will be a mandatory 4-hour field trip to Tilden Park on Saturday, August 26. The seminar will conclude on Wednesday, September 27, 2017.

Course Threads Ever wonder what museum curators really do? Through a combination of tours, hands-on exercises, and student projects, we will explore the diverse activities encompassed by modern natural history museums. This is a rare chance to go behind the scenes at one of the top vertebrate natural history collections in North America . . . and learn how you could become involved in museums-based studies of vertebrate evolution and conservation. We are hoping to attract freshmen interested in potential long-term involvement in the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology community as students, interns, and research assistants. This includes (but is not limited to) students interested in museum science, vertebrate biology, field research, ecology and evolution.  Are you a natural history nut? If so, this seminar is for you!
This is a Course Threads Theme Seminar.

Related web site: http://mvz.berkeley.edu

Eileen Lacey is a behavioral ecologist who studies the ecological and evolutionary bases for sociality in vertebrates, with an emphasis on mammals. Currently, Dr. Lacey's work focuses on the reasons for group living and cooperation in several species of South American rodents. Her analyses combine field studies of the behavior and ecology of these animals with molecular genetic analyses of patterns of parentage and kinship within social groups. At Berkeley, Dr. Lacey teaches courses in animal behavior, behavioral ecology, and mammalogy, and she is Curator of Mammals in the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology.

Faculty web site: http://ib.berkeley.edu/labs/lacey/

"It helps you discover a different side of biology, and it is very interactive." - student in fall 2014 seminar

"If you want a relaxing class in which learning is actually fun, then take this class." - student in fall 2014 seminar

"It is a really interesting course... If you are interested in biology and animals, it's definitely a class you should take." - student in fall 2011 seminar

"It's very interesting; new experience every week." - student in fall 2011 seminar

"Take it if you can! You definitely won't regret it. The class is both fun and informative." - student spring 2008
Freshman and Sophomore Seminars are co-sponsored by the Undergraduate Division
of the College of Letters & Science and the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education.
For further information about the program,
contact Alix Schwartz (alix@berkeley.edu / 642-8378).

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