Advances in Environmental Biology

Environmental Biology is one of the three major focus areas in our department. For our graduate students to be exposed to new developments that characterize the current state of research on Environmental Biology, this module will identify and invite individual researchers at the forefront of Environmental Biology to highlight some of the most important research and technical advances in their laboratories, especially those that are influencing the development direction of the field. The module will involve up to 5 guest lecturers and concentrate on one particular topic each term. Unlike seminars, the module will allow each of the lecturers to elaborate details of their research in multiple hours of lecture. The module will then use postlecture discussion and mini-review writing for students to integrate these advances into the large picture of Environmental Biology research. As the topic will usually be different from students’ thesis topic, the module provides an opportunity for them to develop knowledge and thinking beyond the major topic of their research.

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