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Please see the two giving links below and read about how you can contribute to our students' learning.
Give to Biology Scientific Travel Your donation can help bring biology from the classroom to life in the field or help send undergraduate students to present their research at a conference!
This incredible field course (since 1994) is taught over Spring Break in the Upper Amazon River Basin rainforests of Peru. Students fly to Lima, then to Iquitos and then proceed down the Amazon River via boat to four different camps or research areas. Activities include daily hikes, night hikes and ascending 120 ft. into the rainforest canopy via the longest canopy walkway in the world. Students have a hands-on rainforest experience complete with bromeliads, toucans, sloths and the sounds of the night. All lectures are outdoors!
Darya Farrokhi received funds for the field course work in Peru in March, 2020. She created this painting and wrote this poem to remember her extraordinary experience on this trip.
The soft gleam of moonlight trickles through the canopy break above the stream
The water below black as night
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This program provides students with the opportunity to explore the unique flora and fauna of Australia, with a special emphasis on the insects of Australia and the country's past and ongoing struggle with invasive species. Field experiences enhance classroom instruction at James Cook University in Townsville, Queensland. During the third week of the course, students take a week-long field excursion to sites near Cairns. Field sites include the Great Barrier Reef, Magnetic Island, the Daintree National Forest, and the Orpheus Island Research Station.
The lecture and laboratory portions of this course emphasize basic principles of coastal biology, the human impact on coastal ecosystems, and the diversity of plants and animals living in these ecosystems. Students will also participate in a 9-day laboratory/field activity during Spring Break. The intensive field experience is based at Epworth by the Sea (on St. Simon's Island, Georgia) and on Cumberland, Blackbeard, Sapelo, and Jekyll islands. On two occasions we will charter boats to study pelagic and benthic organisms in the sound surrounding the islands. During all field activities, students will collect and subsequently identify plants and invertebrates typical of the ecosystem.
Undergraduate Conference Travel
One story of an undergraduate attending a conference is Itai Doron who worked in the labs of Jaap de Roode and Nicole Gerardo. The de Roode lab has made significant impact in the field of host-parasite ecology by studying the monarch butterfly, and the Gerardo lab has done the same in the field of insect-microbial symbiosis. Itai joined in their efforts to combine these two fields by investigating how diet and environment changes the monarch gut microbiome, as well as whether plant diets known to confer parasite resistance to monarchs could specifically alter the gut microbiome to an anti-parasitic state. He presented his work at the American Society of Microbiology General Meeting in New Orleans. From Itai: "It was really great for me to both talk to important figures in the field of microbial ecology, but also to get a sense of what new technology was out there for studying metagenomics."
Give to Biology Department Gifts. Your donation can help students by funding a variety of needs in the department, such as helping our undergraduates have exciting and real-world lab learning.
In order for students to truly succeed in a scientific career such as research or medicine or science policy, they must have a deep understanding of the process of science. The best way to understand the process of science is to actually do it oneself. For this reason, the Biology Department is committed to transforming the undergraduate introductory biology lab experience into one where students design, implement, analyze and present their own research.
We know Emory students are extremely talented and believe they can contribute to the vibrant scientific community on our campus. We are working with researchers on campus to bring their work into the classroom and allow our undergraduates to carry out pieces of real research projects. Recently our students performed genomic analyses of the newly sequenced whale shark genome working with Dr. Tim Read. Read more about the whale shark project. We are now developing lab modules for our intro lab that will involve students in exciting research questions such as evolution of pathogen resistance or avoidance, tissue-specific gene expression, and effects of diet and other factors on the microbiome of organisms.
We believe that by engaging our students as early as possible in the exciting scientific community on Emory’s campus, they will have the inspiration and ability to maximally develop their scientific skills while at Emory.