ENTM 7210 Molecular Phylogenetics

This course is for students who want to gain practical experience in modern phylogenetic theory, molecular marker design, sequence analysis techniques and the use of modern bioinformatic tools in sequence similarity, gene homology, modern phylogenetic reconstruction methods, divergence time estimation, understanding issues with gene tree discordance, and examining structure of populations using genetic data. Students will be encouraged to use data compiled from their own research to complete a class project. This class will include some lectures to provide background information, but will emphasize discussions of pertinent literature and data analysis with relevant software programs. Students will be expected to bring their own laptops to class so they can acquire software and practice analyzing their data outside of class time. Class assignments will be tailored to the individual research goals of each student and will emphasize data analysis and technical writing for molecular phylogenetic methods. Students are encouraged to discuss their research goals with the instructor prior to the start of the class.


Link to missing bayes file

Link to cryptic species lecture

Link to trends lecture

Link to current syllabus

Assignments can also be found in ANGEL

Database and BLAST assignment: CLICK HERE

Download for primer design practice. The intron location is noted with a space between coding regions. What gene is it? CLICK HERE

Handy handout for primer design practice CLICK HERE

Secondary structure practice file CLICK HERE

Distance and model violation practice CLICK HERE

PAUP practice instructions CLICK HERE

PAUP practice nexus file CLICK HERE

ML practice nexus file CLICK HERE

ML practice instructions CLICK HERE

MrBayes practice instructions CLICK HERE

MrBayes practice nexus file CLICK HERE

putting it all together file CLICK HERE

puttin it all together instructions CLICK HERE

ENTM 4500/7200 Insect Taxonomy

This course is designed for students interested in learning about the immense diversity of insects and related arthropods, and to gain an understanding of the natural history, classification, and evolution of insects. Students will learn to use diagnostic keys to identify insects to species and be able to differentiate among a diverse array of insect families from around the world. Students will learn valuable collection and preservation techniques and be able to distinguish key morphological characters in different insect lineages. This course will focus on diversity in adult forms and emphasize terrestrial habitats. Students are expected to attend field trips to learn multiple collecting techniques and explore insects in their natural environment. Students will also be expected to curate a portion of their collected material and make an insect collection emphasizing diversity. Prerequisite: ENTM 2050 or consent of instructor. Fall term, offered fall 2011 and alternating years thereafter.
Link to Current syllabus ENTM4500

Link to Assignments and rubrics ENTM4500

Link to Current syllabus ENTM7200

Link to Assignments and rubrics ENTM7200

Link to Curation guidelines

ENTM 3170 Crop Protection Entomology

This is a course for students interested in integrated pest management (IPM) of insects, students in the Agronomy program (restricted elective), and for students pursuing careers in agriculture, forestry, conservation, pest control, and ecological management. This course provides an excellent background in general entomology and goes in-depth into the theory and practice of integrated pest management. Key components of this course include economic and ecological considerations in decision making and program implementation in IPM, including population ecology of insects, surveying and sampling methodology for informed decision-making, and the effect of market values and input costs on economic thresholds. Several pest management tactics are covered including chemical, cultural, ecological, and biological control. This course combines traditional lecture, problem-based learning modules, and discussions to emphasize communication and cooperative decision making in pest management cases. Laboratory sessions focus on learning key morphological features for identifying major pests of agricultural importance in Manitoba as well as beneficial insects in agroecosystems. Winter term, offered every year..

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Advanced Entomology ENTM 7150/7220

This course is designed to prepare graduate students to perform successful research at the graduate level. This is a required course for all graduate students in Entomology. The course is also open to graduate students from outside the department. This course will prepare Masterís students to develop their research proposal as part of their graduate degree and prepare Ph.D. students to write a grant application by learning to advance research beyond their current objectives. students will learn to hone scientific research and communication skills, develop hypotheses, learn to give and receive critical evaluations of works, and understand ethics in research.

Link to current syllabus