BIO 351 Fall 09 Syllabus REVISED

BIO 351 Fall 09 Syllabus REVISED - ECOLOGY Fall2009 BIO 351...

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ECOLOGY  Fall 2009 BIO 351 / CEB 556 Tues Thurs 11:20-12:40 Prerequisites: BIO 201 and college-level math Course Instructors: Professor Catherine Graham Graduate TA : Adam Laybourn TEXTBOOK: Elements of Ecology, 7 th Ed. , RL Smith and TM Smith, 2009 Month Day TOPIC READING ASSIGNMENTS Sept Tue 1 Introduction: ecology as a science; course expectations Ch 1 Sept Thur 3 Climate Ch 2 Sept Tue 8 Biodiversity on Earth: Terrestrial Biomes Chs 23 Assignment 1 given out Sept Thur 10 Biodiversity on Earth: Aquatic systems Ch 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.8, 3.9 and Ch 24 Sept Tue 15 Aquatic systems, con't Ch 3.5, 3.6, 3.7 and Ch 25 Sept Thur 17 Functional ecology: photosynthesis and energy Ch 6 Sept Tue 22 Functional ecology: water and temperature Ch 7 Assignment 1 due Sept Thur 24 Functional ecology: soils and nutrients Ch 4 Sept Tue 29 NO CLASS - MWF make up day Oct Thur 1 Ecosystems: energy fluxes and decomposition Ch 3.1 and Ch 20 Oct Tue 6 Ecosystem ecology: nutrient cycles Ch 21 Oct Thur 8 Ecosystem ecology: research examples, exam review, natural selection and evolution Oct Tue 13 EXAM I Oct Thur 15 Natural selection and evolution Ch 5 Assignment 2 given out Oct Tue 20 Reproductive ecology and life histories Ch 8 Oct Thur 22 Behavioral ecology Ch 11.9, 11.10, 11,11, 14.6, 14.7, 14.8 ; additional reading Assignment 2 due 1
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Oct Tue 27 Populations and population growth Ch 9 Oct Thur 29 Population growth and dynamics; demography Ch 10, Ch 11.1, 11.2, 11.3 Nov Tue 3 Population interactions: Competition Ch 11.3, 11.4, 11.5, 11.6, 11.7; Ch 13 Assignment 3 given out Nov Thur 5 Interactions: Herbivory, Predation, Parasites, Disease Chs 14,15 Nov Tue 10 Ecological communities: Structure and Succession Ch 16, Ch 18 Nov Thur 12 Ecological communities: niches, food webs Ch 17 Assignment 3 due Nov Tue 17 Ecological communities: human influences Ch 27; Ch 28.6, 28.7, 28.8 Nov Thur 19 EXAM II Nov Tue 24 Landscape ecology Ch 12, Ch 19 Nov Thur 26 Global diversity patterns; Biogeography Ch 26 Dec Tue 1 NO CLASS; Thanksgiving Dec Thur 3 Conservation Chs 28 Dec Tue 8 Biogeochemical cycles and human influences 1 Ch 22 Dec Thur 10 Global climate change Ch 29 Dec Tue 15 FINAL EXAM 2:15-4:45 covers entire course General guidelines This is a course for serious upper division science majors. This course is not intended for college freshman. Those taking the course for graduate credit (signed up for CEB 556) will have additional material and an additional major assignment. If you have not taken the course prerequisites (BIO 201 or equivalent and basic college math), you are very likely to have a difficult time doing well in this course. Attendance in lectures is required , and is the easiest way to keep up with the material for the exams. Exam questions will be based on lecture and reading material. If you fall behind on the
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