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Spring 2007

EEB603: Ecology & Evolution of Emerging Infectious Diseases


The past 30 years have witnessed the emergence of numerous infectious diseases (e.g. AIDS, Ebola, SARS,Avian flu, West Nile, hantaviruses) that are major threats to human health. Man's alteration of environments and changes in the relationships between the diseases and the animals they infect are implicated in theemergence of all of these diseases. This seminar will explore a number of different emergent and emerging infectious diseases in plants and animals, including humans. Some of the infectious agents expected to becovered include: arboviruses, rabies, microbotryum, mycoplasma, batrachochytrium, and parvoviruses.
The goal of this course is to provide an interactive forum for learning about the important ecological andevolutionary factors in various emerging infectious diseases. The course is centered around local and visiting speakers presenting and discussing their work. In addition there will be opportunities for students to meetwith visiting speakers on a one-on-one basis.

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Fall 2007

EEB610: Introduction to Theoretical Models in Ecology


This is course is an introduction to the basic mathematical models and tools used in population biology. The goal of this class is to provide empirically focused graduate students with a fundamental understanding of the different forms and behavior of the set mathematical models that are the theoretical foundations of modern ecology. Models to becovered include: exponential, logistic, and age structured models of population growth, meta populations, inter-specific competition, and predation. The effect of discrete vs. continuous time will also be examined in a few specific cases. The tools for analyzing these models will include analytical, graphical, and numerical techniques.

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Contact Information:

Michael A. Gilchrist
Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
569 Dabney Hall
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996-1610
Tel: (865)974-6453
Fax: (865)974-3067
email:     mikeg at utk dot edu
WWW: http://www.tiem.utk.edu/~mikeg/