Quiz 3 Tips and Tricks - Eukaryotes (and Lab Report Guidelines)

Hi all! Ok, for a little quiz review, be sure to know the following stuff!

1. Understand how prokaryotes and Eukaryotes are distributed among the three domains of life.

2. Know defining characteristics of Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic cells. be able to give several examples of each.

3. Be able to identify each specimen we observed as prokaryotic or eukaryotic.

4. Distinguish plant and animal cells.

5. Draw Trichonympha and summarize the wacky three-level symbiosis between Trichonympha, termites and bacteria.


Remember, this week is one of your options for doing a lab write-up. There are two documents (1 and 2) that outline the assignment and give you some tips!

Quiz 2 Tips and Tricks

Hi all! Hope you enjoyed the glorious weekend weather here in Missoula. I sure did.

Some hints/trips/tricks for this week's quiz!

1. Know the distinguishing characteristics of the producers (autotrophs) and consumers (heterotrophs) that we saw last week in the pond-water.

2. Remember proper drawing techniques. Lots of labels. Magnifications. Details are good. Color!

3. What is biodiversity? How did we measure it?

We'll be doing some cool stuff with plant and animal cells, and more microscope work. I'll be going over things and doing a little lecture up front. Fun fun.


Pond water Lab Stuff

Hi folks! 

Attached is the pond-water study guide for those of you that didn't manage to snag one from Kevin in class this last week. Send it to me via email: jerome1.wilson@umconnect.umt.edu if you didn't get it finished in time for lab. It's not graded, but will be a 'check marked' assignment that will count towards your 15 pts. of lab participation.

A few things:

1. Make sure to properly put up your microscopes and clean slides and any messes! There were a number of people who left their microscopes out this week after they left, as well as dirty slides! Common courtesy towards me and your fellow lab-mates goes a long way.

2. Let me know if you have questions or need help with quiz material. Drop me a line via email and we can correspond that way, or set up a time to meet!

3. I neglected quiz studying tips for this last week, so everyone will get a free point on the first quiz! I'll post some study tips for the pond-water lab this coming week. Stay tuned.


Collections pickup!

Hey folks! One last word before we part (well, a few last words).

Nice work! It was a pleasure teaching the Ento lab this Spring, and I hope you guys found it a valuable and helpful part of your education in biology. Doug is always looking for ways to improve the course, and I am always looking to improve my teaching. If you have any other feedback that didn't get communicated in the eval. forms, please don't hesitate to email me, or we can meet for a coffee and talk it over. Student input often get's totally ignored, sadly - please let me know if there are things that could have made the course better!

If you want to pick up your collections, you now can! Send me an email (keatonwilson@me.com) or a Facebook message or tweet. I'm in Bioresearch 013. Remember, you can't keep your box - so bring an old shoebox with styrofoam in it, or order one from Bioquip.



Exam Details

Hey folks,

I know everybody is scrambling to get their collections finished and prep for the lab exam next week. Here are a few tips/details on things.


1. Remember to come to the extra lab on Thursday from 1-4. I'll be there to help you guys key out and prep the last of your specimens. I can also set up a small mock exam to give you guys a feel of what it will be like. 

2. Get your labels right! Nicely printed or typed labels with all the appropriate information is key. You'll get docked for bad labels, so spend some time on them!

3. Please put a note in your box if you'd like to keep your insects, I'll return them to you after they are graded.

4. No extra credit for extra specimens, but I'll grade to your benefit (i.e. if you have a specimen that's in better shape and fills the same order/family requirement, I'll use it).

5. Remember all your gear that you need to return!!!! Nets, pins (we need those pins back!), vials, unused glassine envelopes, killjars, etc. Bring it all. You'll need to check in your net, pins and vials before you leave.


1. Expect somewhere between 25 and 30 insect specimens, most you will have to identify to order and family, a few you will have to identify to only order.

2. You may use the aquatic sheet handout, but no others.

3. You can add material to your book, either writing or taping it in. Your book is your guide. Obviously no cheating - like taping labeled pictures of all the specimens into your book. You've learned how to use a key and be familiar with many insect families and orders this semester, use that knowledge!

4. There WILL BE a few questions regarding the papers we read. They will be of similar, short answer format to the first exam. If you read the papers, you'll do fine on the questions.

5. You'll have the full 3 hours of lab time to take the exam - it will not take that long, I guarantee it, but you shouldn't feel rushed. 


Feel free to ask any questions, either at the extra lab on Thursday, via (keatonwilson@me.com) or in person (email me to setup a meeting time).

Discussion #8 and Twitter Assignment

Let's read about the evolution of eusociality in insects - this is a more modern paper that although long, should generate some discussion of the mechanisms for the evolution of social insects. 

Evolution of Eusociality

And this week's Twitter assignment (last week was awesome by the way - lots of great photos!). Answer this question (in 140 characters or less for you non-tweeters): what adaptation do you think has contributed most to the diversity of insects and why?

I'll close the Doodle poll at the end of the day today - as one of our potential days is TOMORROW! However, it looks like most of the availability so far is next week. Make sure to vote soon!

Discussion #7 and Twitter Assignment (for the week after spring break).

Continuing on our theme of plant-insect interactions, let's talk about this paper on self-medicating caterpillars.

The weather is warming, you've got your collecting gear - this means it's time to start snagging some insects! The next Twitter assignment is to photograph an insect in the field (hopefully one in that you will add to your collection) and send it to me (via email or Twitter). 

Have a good break!