Lecture 01-cwo - General Ecology(PCB 4043C Spring 2010...

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Instructors: Craig Osenberg Laura Schreeg Silvia Alvarez General Ecology (PCB 4043C) Spring 2010 TAs: Jordan Mayor Schuyler Van Montfrans Jennie DeMarco
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Course Home page: http://www.biology.ufl.edu/courses/pcb4043/2010spring/osenberg/index.html Textbook: Ricklefs, R.E., The Economy of Nature, 6th edition, WH Freeman and Co. Other readings: Lab Manual (on line later this week) Statistical Manual Papers from the primary literature
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A. Provide a solid conceptual foundation in Ecology (theory) A. Apply this knowledge to real systems (empirical approaches, hypothesis testing, applied problems) A. Provide training & experience in the skills and tools of professional ecology General Course Objectives
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o apply quantitative tools (simple mathematical models, statistics, and possibly, computer simulations) to ecological problems; o apply ecological concepts and tools in research; o engage in intelligent discussions, and make informed decisions, about ecological and environmental issues; o be prepared to purse advanced study in ecology (e.g., in graduate school), if you choose. You should be able to…
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• Distributional limits, population growth and regulation A. Concepts Species interactions: competition, predation
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A. Concepts Food webs Species diversity Energy Nutrients
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B. Application Linking theory, study design and data Applied Problems
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Experimental design • Hypothesis testing • Critical thinking • Mathematics • Graphical analysis • Data analysis and presentation • Statistics • Reading/critiquing the primary literature • Writing, revision, review process
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Math and statistics ??? Biology Verbal description Graphical description Mathematical description Goals is to be able to move between: (they are essential) § Statistics is used in almost every empirical paper § Theory often expressed mathematically § Mathematics makes ideas ‘explicit’ You will… § Use statistics to analyze data you collect § Present your data graphically § Develop a mathematical model
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Writing ??? (it is essential)
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Lecture 01-cwo - General Ecology(PCB 4043C Spring 2010...

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