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BIOLOGY 302 – GENERAL ECOLOGY Spring ‘08 Course description: BIO 302 is a study of the fundamentals of ecology. Topics include the relationships between organisms and their physical environment; population growth, regulation and interactions; the nature and diversity of biological communities; and ecosystem structure and function. Instructor: Dr. Lynn A Mahaffy Office: Wolf 205 Phone: Ext. 3046 e-mail: [email protected] Office Hours: M11-12, T,W10-11, R 1-2; by appointment or drop-in Lecture: TR 11:00- 12:15, Smith 120 Required textbook: Smith, T.M. and R.L. Smith. 2006. Elements of Ecology. 6 th ed. Pearson Education Inc. NY. 658pp. COURSE GOALS AND OBJECTIVES Goals: 1. To familiarize students with the major processes of ecology, including the interactions of biotic and abiotic factors and the interactions among living organisms. 2. To increase student's appreciation of the science of ecology through discussion of specific applied investigations Objectives: 1. To understand the factors responsible for seasons, weather patterns and global climate zones and how they influence the biological communities of the Earth 2. To address the wide range of ways in which individual species interact with and adjust to variations in their environment 3. To investigate the many levels of interaction among living organisms 4. To become familiar with the flow of energy through an ecosystem and the cycling of matter and nutrients within an ecosystem
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course BISC 302 taught by Professor Walsh during the Spring '08 term at University of Delaware.

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