Fall 2016 course listings

Science and Society  (AGRI 1005)  - Dr. Mike Stout

Principles of biology applied in a sociological context; relationships among scientific inquiry, ethics, social values, and public policies for the beginning science and non-science student.


Insects in the Environment (ENTM 2001) - Dr. Gregg Henderson

Lecture: MW 9:30 to 10:20

Lab: W (2:30 to 4:20) or T (1:00 to 3:20), 110 Life Sciences

Course Description:  Insects in the Environment (ENTM2001) is an undergraduate course intended for students that have not previously had a course in entomology. We will follow a current textbook on the subject (2013) with an emphasis on insect biology and diversity. The laboratory aspect of the course will involve identifying insects, collecting and pinning insects and submitting a box of pinned specimens at the end of the semester.  It is expected that you will become very proficient with an insect net. Above all, it is the hope that a knowledge of insects, what they do and why they do it, and how to identify will increase your excitement for the invertebrate world all-around you (even under your feet!).


Immature Insects (ENTM 7005) -  Dr. Chris Carlton

The course will focus on family level identification with major emphasis on Holometabola larvae. In addition to learning to use larval keys, topics such as mouthpart dissections and caterpillar chaetotaxy will be covered. A collection will be required and students planning to enroll in the course are encouraged to begin collecting specimens during the upcoming field season.


Advanced Insect Pest Management (ENTM 7006) - Dr. Fangeng  Huang

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This course provides students with cutting edge information and knowledge related to the development and implementation of modern insect pest management tactics and strategies. The course will begin with an overview of pest management history and the ecological basis of insect pest management. Subsequent lectures will emphasize advances in major insect pest management tactics including cultural control, biological control, host plant resistance, and chemical control. Several key components of insect pest management, such as insect sampling, economic injury level (EIL), economic threshold (ET), and an introduction of system analysis and its applications in insect pest management will then be presented to underscore the quantitative aspects of insect pest management programs. Several lectures at the end of the course will focus on two novel technologies (biotechnology and GPS/GIS) and their applications in insect pest management. No comparable course exists at present at LSU.


Seminar  (ENTM 7007) -Dr. Rodrigo Diaz

Student seminars are divided between introductory seminars (required for Ph.D. candidates) and final research seminars (required for all graduate students). Students present seminars, serve as moderator/introducers for colleagues, and assist with arranging preseminar snacks and social events. An organizational meeting is held around the first week of the semester to describe protocols and course requirements.


Agroecology - Special topics (ENTM 7008, section 1) - Dr. Jeff Davis

Lecture, MW 9:30 to 10:20 am, room 110 Life Sciences

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Special Topics in Entomology: Agroecology is designed to expose students to the idea of sustainable agriculture.  Students will learn “the application of ecological concepts and principles to the design and management of sustainable agro-ecosystems” by focusing on how different components of agro-ecosystems interact and by studying practices which optimize and stabilize yields to create ecological and socio-economic resilient farming.  Students will learn how these technologies can be used in conventional, organic, and indigenous farming with a special focus on entomology.  By the end of the semester, students will have developed an understanding of what agroecology has to offer and the barriers to its practice and widespread adoption.


Writing in the Biological Sciences - Special Topics (ENTM 7008, section 2) - Dr. Kristen Healy

Mondays 10:30 to 11:50 pm, A561 Life Sciences

We will be meeting once a week throughout the semester to discuss writing in the biological sciences.  This will be a discussion based course, with hands on practice and evaluation during class time. You will also be given a reasonable assignment weekly (1 to 3 pages writing, a single paper to read, or a simple task such as identifying a grant or funding source that is relevant to your area of research).  I will not be asking you to write anything particularly lengthy (such as a full grant proposal or manuscript), since this is beyond the scope of this course.  The list of topics includes: (1) Knowing your target audience, basic grammar, (2) Paragraph structure, (3) Citations, (4) Data and figures, (5) Thesis proposals, (6) Learning to edit manuscripts, (7) Peer-reviewed publications, (8) Writing for popular press, (9) Writing literature reviews and book chapters, (10) Grant writing, (11) Thesis and dissertation writing, (12) Writing a CV and cover letter, (13) Posters and Scientific Presentations


Introduction to Insect Physiology (ENTM 7016):  - Dr. Daniel Swale

Tuesdays and Thursdays

This is a graduate level course that will provide exposure to the physiological adaptations that facilitate insects to meet their basic needs. Examines each organ system with emphasis on metabolism, neurophysiology, and behavioral processes. The laboratory section will introduce students to some common methods used in physiological research, modern day electrophysiological techniques, and to the critical reading of advanced scientific literature.




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