Spring 2015 Instructors: Dave Karowe; Joel Heinen
Summer 2015 Instructors: Shannon Pelini; TBA
Prereq.: Two college-level courses in biology, or Biology 171 and one other natural science course, or permission of instructor.
Spring Description: The study of the factors influencing the distribution and abundance of organisms in nature. Course topics will focus on individual ecology (physiological ecology, foraging strategies), and population ecology (population dynamics, life history strategies, evolution, competition, herbivory, predation, and mutualism), and will also address community ecology and ecosystem ecology. Lecture and discussion will be supplemented by field laboratory exercises designed to test ecological questions in a variety of terrestrial and aquatic habitats. Students will conduct group research projects and present their results in a symposium at the end of the term. Fulfills EEB distribution and PitE General Ecology requirement (Equivalent to EEB 281 and 282).
When taken in the Summer term, this course fulfills the LSA Upper Level Writing Requirement.
This course studies the factors influencing the distribution and abundance of animals and plants, including hypothesis testing, design, collection, analysis and interpretation of ecological data. Topics include individual ecology (abiotic and biotic limiting factors), population ecology (population dynamics, competition, predation, and other species interactions), community ecology (species diversity and succession), ecosystem ecology (nutrient cycling and energy flow), and human impacts on ecosystems. Lecture and discussion will be supplemented by field projects designed to test a variety of ecological questions in a range of terrestrial and aquatic communities. Students will conduct a research project as part of the course.
Fulfills the EEB distribution and PitE General Ecology requirements (Equivalent to EEB 281 and 282).