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BIO 356 Applied Ecology and Conservation Biology Laboratory Summer 2016 Course Description: A computer laboratory course introducing students to ecological risk analysis and conservation biology. Laboratories are based on interactive software. Computer simulation techniques for addressing problems in applied ecology are emphasized. Prerequisites: BIO 201, BIO 202, or BIO 203; BIO 205 or BIO 207; MAT 126 or higher 2 credits Learning Objectives: By the end of the semester students should be able to: Calculate population growth rate, survival, and fecundity values from population census data and life tables. Describe different sources and patterns of variation and stochasticity in populations. Identify and describe the properties of populations growing both exponentially and under different types of density dependence. Identify and explain the assumptions inherent to different types of population models. Define the concept of carrying capacity and explain the influence of K on population dynamics. Construct age-based and stage-based population matrix models from observable data. Describe the significance of the dominant eigenvalue and dominant eigenvector of a matrix in the context of population models. Explain how metapopulation dynamics differ from panmictic populations. Construct and run stochastic computer-based population models in the RAMAS EcoLab software program in order to address questions relating to species extinction probability, risk of decline, biological resource management, and evaluation of management options. Define island biogeography theory and discuss how it relates to conservation biology. Conceptualize projected future outcomes in terms of probability and risk. Discuss the different contributions and roles that science and society can contribute to the conservation of biodiversity. Meeting Place and Times: ( Attendance for both lecture and laboratory is mandatory) Lecture: Monday, 9:00 - 10:05 a.m., Life Sciences 054 – Jonathan Borrelli Laboratory Sections (all labs held in Life Sci. 022): Section 1 : 10:15 - 1:25, Mihir Umarani Office Hours: (as below or by appointment – please request via e-mail) Day Time Location E-mail Jonathan Borrelli Tuesday 1:30- 2:30 LS 613 [email protected] Mihir Umarani TBD TBD LS 677 [email protected]

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