ECOLOGY -- Biology 3500
Faculty Index Page
James K Adams, email@example.com
Intro lab data presentation: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anscombe%27s_quartet
Lab 6A data -- Drift and Selection results
Bird Lab Powerpoint
Lab 5C data (tree demography lab)
Lab 12C directions (pollinator lab)
Island Biogeography Data (18 A) -- pooled colonization/extinction data
Extra reading for the Bird feeder lab -- http://wjoonline.org/doi/abs/10.1676/13-066.1
Presentation of data for labs
Test 1: Chapters 1 - 3
Chapters 4 - 6
Test 2: Chapter 7 - 8
Chapters 9 - 10
Test 3: Chapters 11-12
Embellished lecture notes for chapters 13-15 can be found here
Test 4: Chapters 16 - 18
Chapters 19 - 20
Embellished lectures notes for chapters 16-20 can be found here
for large scale ecology, chapters 21 and 22 (on final only)
Embellished lectures for Chapters 21 and 22 can be found here
Hardy Weinberg Problems
Exam dates/due dates for labs
Tests on file in the library -- Click on the Ecology tab
Lab 2 -- Body size
Chapter 4 & 5
Chapter 11 & 12
Chapter 14 & 15
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
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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