ECOLOGY -- Biology 3500
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James K Adams, email@example.com
Changes in Schedule due to weather: As
announced in class on Monday, the next lab report
will be due on Monday immediately after Spring Break (March 9) and the next test will be
Wednesday after Spring Break (March 11). The following test will still be on April 1, as
scheduled, regardless of what material we have, or have not, gotten to.
Intro lab data presentation: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anscombe%27s_quartet
First lab data (6A) -- Drift and Selection results
Second lab data (1B) -- Pooled data for Pinus virginianus needle lengths
Island biogeography data (18 A) -- pooled colonization/extinction data
Extra reading for the Bird feeder lab -- http://wjoonline.org/doi/abs/10.1676/13-066.1
Test 1: Chapters 1 - 3
Chapters 4 - 6
Test 2: Chapter 7 - 8
Chapters 9 - 10
Test 3: Chapters 11 - 12
Chapters 13 - 15
Test 4: Chapters 16 - 18
Chapters 19 - 20
Review sheet for large scale ecology (on final only)
Tests on file in the library -- Click on the appropriate ones for 3500
Lab 2 -- Body size
Chapter 4 & 5
Chapter 11 & 12
Chapter 14 & 15
Chapter 17 & 18
Chapter 19 & 20
Chapters 21 & 22 for final
DESCRIPTION OF THE COURSE: This course begins with a brief overview of the concept of ecology. This is followed by a description of the main terrestrial and aquatic biomes, and the temperature, water, energy and nutrient factors that influence individuals and the composition of ecosystems. Then there are sections on population ecology (genetics, distribution & abundance, dynamics [changes], growth, life histories) community ecology including interactions between species (competition, predation/prey, parasites & pathogens, mutualisms) and factors influencing species diversity, ecosystem ecology (production, energy flow, nutrient cycles, succession) and finishing with a brief discussion on large scale ecology (dispersal, patch size, habitat corridors, island biogeography, latitudinal/altitudinal gradients).
COURSE OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this course, you should be able
1. Demonstrate an understanding of the scientific method including field and laboratory methods
(observation, sampling, recording data, analysis of data and reporting of data).
2. Demonstrate an understanding of basic concepts of ecology, including the structure and function of
ecosystems, population dynamics, energy flow through ecosystems and biogeochemical cycles.
3. Demonstrate an understanding of factors which affect species abundance and diversity within a
community and describe the various types of interactions between members of a community.
4. Through laboratory experiments and reports, students will demonstrate competence in using
relevant technologies and techniques for data gathering and analysis.
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