Fall 2009 not offered
|Certificates: Environmental Studies|
Ecology is the study of interactions between organisms and their environment, both physical and biotic. We will look at how these interactions shape fundamental characteristics of populations, communities, and ecosystems. Topics will include predation, competition, symbioses, and effects of stress and resource limitation in diverse environments. We will cover important consequences of interactions such as patterns of biodiversity, ecological succession, population outbreaks, species invasions, nutrient and energy cycling, variation in productivity and ecosystem services, and the global distribution of biomes.
Interpretation, Quantitative Reasoning
This course enhances quantitative reasoning by familiarizing students with mathematical models, statistical models, and other quantitative approaches fundamental to modern ecological research.
This course enhances interpretation by having students evaluate competing explanations for ecological phenomena from reading the primary scientific literature.
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|Course Format: Lecture||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Prerequisites: [BIOL182 or MB&B182] OR [BIOL196 or MB&B196]
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (BIOL)(CES)(CIS)(ENVS)(IDEA-MN)(SISP)
Articles from the primary literature and
ECOLOGY by Cain, Bowman, and Hacker (Sinauer Press, 2008).
|Examination and Assignments: |
Two mid-term examinations, a final exam, short reports on journal articles, laboratory reports. There will be 3 field labs scheduled to begin at 8:30 AM (ending at 10:20 AM) on regular class days.
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