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2017 - 2018 Graduate Catalog 
2017 - 2018 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

BIOL 617 - Population and Community Ecology

Fall 4 Dalgleish.

Ecology is the scientific study of interactions between organisms and their environment. This course explores the fundamental concepts and current intellectual debates in population and community ecology. In addition, students will be introduced to ecosystem ecology and the ecological study of global change. Because the advancement of ecological theory has relied heavily on conceptual and mathematical models, this class examines mathematical models of population and community dynamics. We will read current articles from ecological literature to illustrate hypothesis-based inquiry in ecology and application of concepts presented in class. The laboratory portion of this course will provide hands-on experience with sampling designs and experimental protocols used by ecologists. The laboratory/field exercises will emphasize ecological data analysis, experimental design, and scientific communication skills.