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Fall 2011-2012
* EEB 321 (STL)   No Pass/D/Fail

Introduction to Population and Community Ecology

Andrew P. Dobson
Christina P. Riehl

Through the course of lectures, precepts, and self-guided field work, we shall examine interactions of organisms, ecosystems, and biomes with their physical environment, e.g., temperature and dynamics of water and air. We shall explore the dynamics and regulation of single-species populations, followed by interactions between pairs of species, e.g., competition, mutualism, predation, parasitism, and herbivory. Finally, we shall consider the structure and dynamics of whole communities of plants and animals, including interactions with humans, e.g., dependence, exploitation, management, and conservation.

Sample reading list:
Molles, Ecology, 4th edition
Williams, The Nature Handbook
Kricher & Morrison, A Field Guide to Eastern Forests
Horn, Plain Talk About Research in Field Biology
Primary literature,
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Students are expected to read 2-3 hours in preparation for each precept, and bring 2-3 discussion questions. In three of the precepts, students will work through a set of analyses and examine and dissect sets of ecological data that will be downloaded as spreadsheets. For these precepts, students are expected to read the assignment before the meeting, and to hand in a lab report the following week. Lab reports are worth 5% each, and the final project is worth 35% of the course grade.

Mid Term Exam - 20%
Take Home Final Exam - 20%
Lab Reports - 15%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%
Other (See Instructor) - 35%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
EEB 211 or equivalent..

Other information:
The details of the course may change, but the spirit and general content are as described. In particular, the order of topics will generally follow the text, but will be modified to take advantages of seasonal observations outdoors near campus.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
21809 L01 11:00 am - 12:20 pm T Th   Carl C. Icahn Laboratory   101   Enrolled:30 Limit:48
21810 B01 TBA        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled
21811 B02 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm Th   Guyot Hall   100   Enrolled:16 Limit:20
23784 B03 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm F        Enrolled:14 Limit:20