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Title
Section
Instructor
Term
Credits
Requirements
NRE 415 — Behavioral Ecology and Conservation Biology
Section 001, LEC

Instructor: Low,Bobbi S; homepage

FA 2007
Credits: 4
Reqs: BS

Credit Exclusions: No credit granted for students who have taken or are enrolled in EEB 492.

This course focuses on the ways environments shape the behavior and life histories of animals. Because environments pose constraints, behaviors have "better" and "worse" impacts on an organism's survival and reproduction.

Advisory Prerequisite: BIOLOGY 162 or 171.

NRE 422 — Biology of Fishes
Section 001, LEC

Instructor: Wehrly,Kevin Eldon

FA 2007
Credits: 3
Reqs: BS

Lectures cover many aspects of the biology of lower vertebrates known as fishes, including evolution, physiology, functional morphology, phylogeny, bio geography, ecology, and reproduction. The systematic position of fish among vertebrates is discussed and exemplary assemblages examined. Special attention is given to the effect of the physical properties of water on form, function and mode of life of fishes. Discussions examine current papers in the primary literature.

Advisory Prerequisite: BIOLOGY 162 or 171, 172 and 173.

NRE 423 — The Biology of Fishes Laboratory
Section 001, LAB

Instructor: Wehrly,Kevin Eldon

FA 2007
Credits: 1
Reqs: BS

Optional laboratory course accompanying ENVIRON 422, providing an introduction to the field methods used in fish biology and fisheries, and examining the diversity of the Michigan ichthyofauna and major groups of world fishes.

Advisory Prerequisite: BIOLOGY 162 or 171, 172 and 173.

NRE 437 — Woody Plants
Section 001, LEC

Instructor: Dick,Christopher William

FA 2007
Credits: 4

Ecology, biology and identification of trees, shrubs, and vines are studied in weekly field trips. Woody plants are studied in their natural ecosystems — including upland (oak-hickory, beech-sugar maple, lake plain), wetland (swamp, bog), and floodplain forests. Non-native species are taught in the Nichols Arboretum, Saginaw Forest, and Main Campus. Lecture topics include vegetative and reproductive morphology, ecology, systematics, biogeography, genetic diversity, invasive species biology, and forest history.

NRE 455 — Lab in Field Ecology
Section 001, LAB

Instructor: Perfecto,Ivette; homepage
Instructor: Vandermeer,John H; homepage

FA 2007
Credits: 5

Credit Exclusions: No credit granted for students who have taken or are enrolled in EEB 477.

This is a filed course, emphasizing observation and hypothesis formation in ecology. Students work in small groups on specific topics, which changes from week to week.

Advisory Prerequisite: A course in Ecology or advanced undergraduate BIOLOGY.

NRE 499 — Senior Honors Thesis
Section 001, IND

FA 2007
Credits: 1 — 6
Other: Honors, Indpnt Study

The primary goal of the course is to carry out the Honors thesis research, with guidence and support of a faculty sponsor. Class sessions in the Winter term provide the opportunity to discuss thesis progress and problems, issues related to writing the thesis, and preparation for the final presentation.

Advisory Prerequisite: ENVIRON 399 and permission of instructor.

NRE 571 — Environmental Economics
Section 001, LEC

Instructor: Helfand,Gloria E; homepage

FA 2007
Credits: 3

From an economic perspective, environmental problems arise due to the inability or inadequacy of markets to address environmental goods. This course examines the sources of these market failures, methods to correct them (especially pollution control policies), and methods for valuing nonmarketed environmental goods. It uses the modeling tools of ECON 401, and it also draws on examples from the economics literature.

Enforced Prerequisites: ECON 401 with a grade of at least C-, or NRE 570; or Graduate standing

Advisory Prerequisite: NRE 570

NRE 574 — Sustainable Energy Systems
Section 001, LEC

Instructor: Keoleian,Gregory A

FA 2007
Credits: 3

Assessment of the current energy system that encompasses resource extraction, conversion processes and end-uses. Responses to current challenges such as declining fossil fuels and climate change are explored: unconventional fossil fuels, carbon sequestration, emerging technologies (e.g., renewable sources: biomass, wind, and photovoltaics; fuel cells) and end-use efficiency and conservation. Sustainability is examined by studying global and regional environmental impacts, economics, energy efficiency, consumption patterns and energy policy.

Text requirement: Course Pack.

Advisory Prerequisite: RC,Senior standing; college-level course in Math or Economics or physical science.

NRE 668 — Advanced Natural Resources Economics
Section 001, LEC

Instructor: Salant,Stephen W; homepage

FA 2007
Credits: 3

This course reviews the literature on the pricing of natural resources (agricultural goods, renewable and nonrenewable resources and durables) over time. The first half of the course considers resources which are privately owned; the second half considers resources that are common property. To provide a point of reference, the behavior of resource markets in the absence of government intervention is studied first. There is then an extensive treatment of the dynamic effects on market equilibria of widespread government policies (unanticipated, partially anticipated or fully anticipated). Policies analyzed include: bufferstocks used to affect prices (ceilings, floors, bands, and pegs); bans, embargoes, price controls and whatever else is timely or of interest to participants. To simplify the mathematics, discrete-time methods are used predominately. The Kuhn-Tucker theorem is utilized when studying competitive equilibrium under certainty. Dynamic-programming is used to study single-agent (planning or monopoly) problems under uncertainty (with or without learning). Multi-stage game theory is used to investigate dynamic common-property problems. A working understanding of these methods is developed during the course.

Advisory Prerequisite: ECON,Intermediate economic theory

 
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