EEB 485 - Population and Community Ecology
Section: 001
Term: FA 2018
Subject: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB)
Department: LSA Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
BS
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Cost:
50-100
BS:
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Rackham Information:
Rackham credit requires additional work.
Primary Instructor:
Instructor:

Principles governing the phenomena of single and interacting populations are examined, from basic tenets to cutting-edge research questions. Population and community-level perspectives are integrated by drawing parallels between approaches and considering how to scale up from phenomena involving one or a few species to the structure and dynamics of whole communities.

Specific topics include population dynamics, life history traits and their evolution, density dependence and population regulation, species' persistence in fragmented landscapes, the basic models and concepts of interactions between two species (competition, mutualism, predator-prey and host-disease), and community-level topics such as the origins of diversity, patterns of diversity and relative abundance, mechanisms of coexistence, and the structure and stability of food web. We consider diverse approaches ranging from field experiments to mathematical theory and how they contribute to understanding population and community ecology and integrate basic and applied science perspectives. A two-hour weekly lab/discussion section includes both computer lab sessions focused on deepening understanding of ecological theory and discussions focused on primary literature.

Course Requirements:

Graded assignments include computer lab reports, quizzes, exams, and an essay. Students will also lead a discussion section and be expected to participate in discussions and in class. Readings are from a textbook and primary literature (average of one to two journal articles per week).

Intended Audience:

This course is intended for advanced undergraduates and beginning graduate students in Biology, EEB, PitE, and SNRE.

Class Format:

There are three hours of lecture per week and two hours of lab/discussion. A GSI will run the computer lab sections and aid in discussions and in grading.

EEB 485 - Population and Community Ecology
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 
23359
Open
23
 
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MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
002 (LAB)
P
23360
Open
12
 
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F 2:00PM - 4:00PM
003 (LAB)
P
23361
Open
11
 
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Th 10:00AM - 12:00PM
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ISBN: 0878935096
Community ecology, Author: Mittelbach, Gary G., Publisher: Sinauer Associates, Inc. Publishers op.
Required
ISBN: 1400848733
Population ecology first principles, Author: Vandermeer, John H., Publisher: Princeton University Press 2013
Required
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