MMG 490/MMG 890 Section 432
Drs. Thomas Schmidt and Jay Lennon, MSU
June 15th — June 27th
Kellogg Biological Station
MTuWThFSat 9am – 5pm
*Admission to this class is by application only; Scholarship support is available!*
This course offers students opportunities to use state-of-the-art genomic methods to address questions about the structure and function of microbial communities.
Our field site will be the Long Term Ecological Research Site at KBS. The nucleic acid based data generated during the course will be integrated with the expansive data set from the KBS LTER, which includes measurements of the flux of greenhouse gases.
The ultimate goal of the course is to uncover relationships between changes in microbial communities and ecosystem functions.
Morning lectures will address pertinent ecological theories and principles underlying experiments that will be conducting during the afternoon. The afternoon laboratory sessions will be focused on molecular methods, including generation purification of DNA from soil, PCR amplification and construction of clone libraries, and quantitative PCR. This is an intensive 2-week course modeled after the longer and internationally acclaimed MBL Microbial Diversity Course that Dr. Schmidt directs. 3 Credits.
Admission to this class is by application only.