Spring 2010 not offered
|Certificates: Environmental Studies|
This course will explore the ecology and evolution of interactions between plants and animals, including mutualism (e.g., pollination, frugivory) and antagonism (e.g., herbivory, granivory), that are central to the functioning of ecosystems and the generation of biodiversity. The format will be seminar-style, involving reading, discussion, and student presentations of key papers on chosen topics.
This seminar style course requires oral participation and a substantial oral presentation from each student. Students receive feedback and grading on their oral presentation performance.
This course focuses on interpretation as students critically evaluate competing ideas from the scientific literature.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Prerequisites: BIOL214 OR [BIOL220 or ENVS220] OR BIOL286 OR BIOL290 OR [BIOL216 or ENVS216]
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (BIOL)(CES)(ENVS)
The course will use the following book as a text: Herrera, C.M. and Pellmyr, O., editors. 2002. PLANT-ANIMAL INTERACTIONS: AN EVOLUTIONARY APPROACH. Blackwell. Other readings will be articles chosen by students from the primary literature.
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There will be one examination on lecture material presented at the beginning of the course. The remainder of the course will be dedicated to seminar topics presented by students. Each student will be assigned at least one oral presentation on a topic of interest. A bibliography of important information sources for the presentation topic is required. On weeks when he or she is not presenting, each student is responsible for writing a brief report (summary and questions) of the reading material.
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