ECOLOGY  --  Biology 3500                 Faculty Index Page
                                                    James K Adams, jadams@daltonstate.edu

Lab information:
        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

Syllabus

Review Sheets:
    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

Exam dates

  Tests on file in the library -- Click on the appropriate ones for 3500

Projectable images:
    Chapter 1
    Chapter 2
    Lab 2 -- Body size
    Chapter 3
    Chapter 4 & 5
    Chapter 6
    Chapter 7
    Chapter 8
    Chapter 9
    Chapter 10
    Chapter 11 & 12
    Chapter 13
    Chapter 14 & 15
    Chapter 16
    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 to:
    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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