* EEB 321 No Pass/D/Fail
Ecology: Species Interactions, Biodiversity and Society
How do wild organisms interact with each other, their physical environments, and human societies? Lectures will examine a series of fundamental topics in ecology--herbivory, predation, competition, mutualism, species invasions, biogeographic patterns, extinction, climate change, and conservation, among others--through the lens of case studies drawn from all over the world. Readings will provide background information necessary to contextualize these case studies and clarify the linkages between them. Laboratories and fieldwork will explore the process of translating observations and data into an understanding of how the natural world works.
Sample reading list:
Mittelbach, Gary G., Community Ecology
See instructor for complete list
Weekly reading will be assigned both as background for the lectures and as preparation for the laboratories. Laboratories (some of which will be conducted outdoors) will require students to collect and analyze ecological data, deliver oral presentations, and submit written reports; most of this work will be done in small groups.
Mid Term Exam - 40%
Take Home Final Exam - 20%
Lab Reports - 20%
Other (See Instructor) - 20%
Prerequisites and Restrictions:
EEB 211 or equivalent. Although the course is not heavily mathematical, it is quantitative; students should be prepared to apply basic principles of statistics and graphical analysis..
The details of the course may change, but the spirit and general content are as described.