Syllabus: BIOLOGY 3500 -- Ecology
Spring Semester 2014 -- 10:50 - 12:05 p.m. M W, Seq 102 
Lab: 1:40 - 4:30 p.m. M, Seq 209 OR 3:45 - 6:35 W (check your schedule).

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

Starting week of Martin Luther King holiday, scheduled labs will be for the indicated Wednesday and
FOLLOWING Monday.

Week               Topics                                   Chapter, Pages        Scheduled Lab Exercise

Jan. 6 - 9      Introduction to course
   
               Introduction to Ecology (overview)     1                             Intro to Ecology Lab
                  Natural History: Life on Land              2

Jan. 13 - 16    Natural History: Life in Water         3                             Soils guest speaker
                    Pop. Genetics/Natural Selection        4
                            (Gina Kertulis-Tartar) 

Jan. 21 - 23    ***Martin Luther King Holiday, Monday, Jan. 20, 2014***
 
                 Temperature Relations                        5                              Chapter 6, A           

Jan. 27-30      Water Relations                              6                               Chapter 1, B
                 ***EXAM 1, Chaps. (1) 2 - 6; Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014*** 
                      

Feb. 3 - 6    Energy and Nutrient Relations              7                              Chapter 2, C
                Mate Choice                                           8 (174 - 185) 

Feb. 10 - 13    Population Distribution/Abundance   9                             Chapter 3, A        
                  
Feb. 17 - 20 
  Population Dynamics                       10                             Chapter 7, A

Feb. 24 - 27    ***EXAM 2, Chaps. 7 - 10;  Monday, Feb. 24, 2014***
                     
Population Growth                           11                             Chapter 4, A                  

                                    ***Spring Break, March 1 - 9, 2014***

Mar. 10 - 13      Pop. Growth  (cont.)                   11                             Chapter 8, B
                   Life Histories                                      12           

March 17 - 20   Competition                                 13                             Chapter 11, C
                  
Exploitative Interactions                      14 

    (Last Day to Withdraw with a W [not an F] -- Friday, March 21, 2014) 

March 24 - 27      Exploitative Interactions (cont.)  14                            Chapter 12, C
                   
Mutualism                                           15       
                                                                                                          
March 30 - April 3    ***EXAM 3, Chaps. 11-15; Monday, March 30, 2014***  
                   Species Abundance/Diversity              16                             Chapter 5, C

April 7 - 10     Community Structure                       17                            Chapter 13, B
                    Primary Production/Energy Floow       18

April 14 - 17   Primary Production/Energy Flow      18                            Chapter 13, B
                      Nutrient Cycling and retention            19
                     
Succession/Stability                           20
   
April 21 - 24    Succesion/Stability (cont.)                20                           Chapter 18, A                        
               ***EXAM 4, Chaps. 16-20, Wednesday, April 23, 2014***

April 28          Landscape Processes                        21 (471 - 477)
                      Geographic Ecology                           22

            FINAL:   10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Monday, May 5, 2014