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Biology 203 Principles of Ecology © 2019 J. Apple 1 Spring 2019 Principles of Ecology (Biology 203) Spring 2019 MWF 8:30 9:20 am; Schrader 1 This course will provide an overview of ecology, the study of the interactions among organisms and between organisms and their environment. One of the central goals of this science is to identify, describe, and explain the processes that determine the distribution and abundance of organisms in nature. We will survey this discipline across multiple levels of organization: the individual organism, the population, the community, and the ecosystem. Throughout the course, we will emphasize the central role of natural selection and evolutionary thinking in the study of ecology. The course will demonstrate how ecologists employ the scientific process in answering questions about ecological systems. We will learn about (and practice using) quantitative tools like mathematical models, statistics, and graphical representations of data to help us understand ecological systems. The course will also explore how ecological principles can be applied to environmental problems and conservation challenges. Instructor: Dr. Jennifer L. Apple Office: ISC 258 Phone: 245-5442 e-mail: [email protected] Lab: ISC 340 Office hours: M 10 am 11:30 pm, W 1 2:30 pm, R 11:30 am 12:30 pm (I am also available to meet with students by appointment.) Course website: canvas.geneseo.edu Required texts: Elements of Ecology by Thomas M. Smith & Robert Leo Smith (2015, 9 th ed.) A Primer in Biological Data Analysis and Visualization Using R by Gregg Hartvigsen (2014) Learning Outcomes Successful students in this course will be able to: explain how organisms’ interactions with their environment and other organisms give rise to patterns in their abundance and distribution apply evolutionary theory to help explain ecological patterns, as well as describe how ecological interactions contribute to the process of evolution understand the principles that govern ecological processes and patterns at the levels of the individual organism, the population, the community, and the ecosystem use sets of observations and data to formulate research questions, hypotheses, and predictions design effective experiments or strategies for collecting observational data to test ecological hypotheses practice common approaches for statistical analysis and graphical representation of ecological data use the R statistical computing and graphics environment to visualize and analyze simple data sets and explore the dynamics of ecological models apply ecological principles to interpret ecological processes and patterns you witness in your daily life apply ecological principles to predict impacts of human activities on ecosystems and biodiversity and to formulate solutions to current environmental challenges and conservation concerns