MWF 12:10-1:00 p.m.
Peter B Moyle , 1369
Academic Surge; firstname.lastname@example.org
Office hours: T 130-5 and by appointment
: Jacob Katz (
), 1336 AS
Gerard Carmona-Catot (
) 1055 AS
This course will introduce you to basic concepts of ecology and conservation, using
vertebrates as examples, and will help you to develop a deeper appreciation for the
intricacy and beauty of natural systems.
The information provided in this course should
also provide you with some of the tools you need to understand the ongoing worldwide
environmental crisis and to understand some of our options for dealing with this crisis.
Because this is a General Education Course, considerable attention is placed on refining
your writing skills.
This will be accomplished through homework assignments, short essay
exams, and two term papers.
Your weekly discussions will build upon material we have
covered in lecture, allowing you to ask questions and become more engaged in topics, with
your TA and your peers, than we have time for in lecture.
Each week you will be given a 1-
page handout in discussion, which will define the topic for the following week.
provide you with a page of questions for which short answers – typed, double spaced,
single- or double-spaced, and proofread for typographical and grammatical errors (you may
answer in the space provided or on separate pages with numbers to correspond to our
questions) – will be required by the
of discussion the next week;
handwritten questions likely will not be graded
You will be expected to read course
materials before class and to come prepared to fully participate in discussions.
discussion the first week, we will discuss current events in wildlife ecology and
conservation, based on local, regional, and global news.
Be aware that your discussion
grade will be based on your attendance, active participation, and the caliber of your
Because questions on homework often provide models for
quizzes and the final exam, you should keep a copy for study purposes; students who take
time to think about and answer homework assignments generally do better on quizzes and
on the final exam.
Finally, there is a selection of readings available on the class website.
In the syllabus you
will see references to these readings and to chapters in the online readings (the latter are
referred to as “MAK, Chap. 1” etc.).
You will be expected to read these materials
class and to come
to ask questions and to participate fully.
Note that in many
instances, there may not be a “correct” opinion, but we want you to be exposed to different
points of view on these issues.
If you encounter additional materials, feel free to bring
these to the attention of your instructor or TA. G