Fall 2021 not offered
|Course Cluster and Certificates: Integrated Design, Engineering & Applied Science Minor|
Ecology is the scientific study of interactions between organisms and their environment, both biotic and abiotic. 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 coevolution, population outbreaks, ecological coexistence, patterns of biodiversity, ecological succession, species invasions, food web dynamics, nutrient and energy cycling, variation in ecosystem goods and services, and global change.
This course emphasizes several learning goals in biology, including skill in formulating original ideas and experiments, using quantitative and graphical tools and interpreting quantitative information, and scientific writing.
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|Course Format: Lecture||Grading Mode: |
||Prerequisites: [BIOL182 or MB&B182]
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (BIOL)(CIS)(ENVS-MN)(ENVS)(IDEA-MN)(SISP)
Required text: Bowman, W.D., and Hacker, S.D. 2020. ECOLOGY, fifth edition. Sinauer Press. ISBN 9781605359212 (paperback), ISBN 9781605359236 (epub, recommended for price and digital features)
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Two mid-term examinations, a final exam, short reports on journal articles, laboratory reports. There will be three field labs scheduled during regular class sessions.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Ecology will be offered as an online course in Fall 2020. I chose this modality for safety and equity, and I am revamping the course to make it pedagogically effective in this format. I plan to use synchronous on-line class sessions for interactive learning activities of various kinds. I will make recorded material, including short lectures, available through Moodle.
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