Syllabus: BIOLOGY 3500 -- Ecology
Spring Semester 2015 -- 10:50 - 12:05 p.m. M W, Seq 136 
Lab: 1:40 - 4:30 p.m. M, Peeples 115

Dr. James K. Adams -- 148 Sequoya Hall      Office: 706-272-4427     Home: 706-602-6993
E-mail:
jadams@daltonstate.edu             Faculty website: www.daltonstate.edu/faculty-staff/jadams/

Textbook: Ecology: Concepts Applications, 6th Edition, by Molles, Jr.
Laboratory Manual: Ecology on Campus, Lab Manual, by Kingsolver

Week               Topics                                   Chapter, Pages        Scheduled Lab Exercise

Jan. 7 - 8      Introduction to course
   
                   Introduction to Ecology (overview)     1                             
                
Jan. 12 - 15     Natural History: Life on Land             2                      Intro to Ecology Lab;
                        Natural History: Life in Water            3                         Soils guest speaker
                   
                                                                                      (Gina Kertulis-Tartar) 

Jan. 20 - 22    ***Martin Luther King Holiday, Monday, Jan. 19, 2015***
                     
Pop. Genetics/Natural Selection        4
         

Jan. 26-29      Temperature Relations                       5                             Chapter 6, A
                     
Water Relations                                 6                              
                      
Feb. 2 - 5        ***EXAM 1, Chaps. (1) 2 - 6; Monday, Feb. 2, 2015*** 
                     Energy and Nutrient Relations              7                              Chapter 1,B
          
Feb. 9 - 12        Mate Choice                                   8 (174 - 185) 
                      Population Distribution/Abundance      9
                            Chapter 2,C        
                  
Feb. 16 -
19   Pop. Distribution/Abundance (cont.)   9
                      
Population Dynamics                       10                             Chapter 3, A

Feb. 23 - 26    Population Dynamics (cont.)            10                             Chapter 7, A
                        ***EXAM 2, Chaps. 7 - 10;  Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015***
                     
                                    ***Spring Break, Feb. 28 - Mar. 8, 2015***

Mar. 9 - 12      Pop. Growth                                    11                           Chapter 8, B
                 
March 16 - 19    Life Histories                                 12           
                            Competition                                 13                           Chapter 5, C

    (Last Day to Withdraw with a W [not an F] -- Monday, March 23, 2015) 

March 23 - 26      Exploitative Interactions              14                            Chapter 11, C
                                                                                                          
March 29 - April 2   Mutualism                                15                           Chapter 12, C
                    ***EXAM 3, Chaps. 11-15; Wednesday, April 1, 2015***                                                  

April 6 - 9      Species Abundance/Diversity              16
                     
Community Structure                         17
                           Chapter 13, B
                   

April 13 - 16   Primary Production/Energy Flow      18                            Chapter 13, B
                      Nutrient Cycling and retention            19
   
April 20 - 23    Succesion/Stability                          20                           Chapter 18, A    
                    
April 27 - 29       ***EXAM 4, Chaps. 16-20, Monday, April 27, 2015***
                
     Landscape Processes                        21 (471 - 477)
                      Geographic Ecology                           22

            FINAL:   10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Monday, May 4, 2015