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    Dec 23, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I would recommend this course because it introduces students to a necessary foundation of ecological knowledge. Terms, concepts, and real-world examples that I learned in this course have appeared in several other courses I have taken thereafter. If it was not for taking this course, I may not have reached the level of understanding needed in subsequent courses. In addition, General Ecology is a prerequisite for a lot of upper division ecology courses at ESF.

    Course highlights:

    The highlight of the course was the way Dr. Horton integrated relevant, real-world examples into the material. I learned a lot about niche partitioning, parasitism, r and K selection, population ecology, stream ecology, soil ecology, and more. Another highlight of the course was the lab. We went on several field trips during the lab and had the opportunity to perform hands-on field sampling.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    The textbook is your friend. It contains most, if not all, of the figures that Dr. Horton goes over during lecture. Use it while studying for his exams, because he does not put his PowerPoint slides on Blackboard. During lecture, I would be sure to write down the figure number and chapter displayed on the slides. Then, I would return to my notes while studying for an exam and know exactly what figure I should be referencing for each section. If you understand the concepts of all the figures that Dr. Horton refers to from the textbook, you will do very well on the exams. For the lab, be sure to take thorough notes while on field trips. It's easy to get side tracked and distracted by the fact that you get to spend a few hours off campus and in nature! The field trips should be fun but also productive, because the sampling you perform and the background information that your TA provides will be used to create a laboratory report. So, enjoy the fact that you are not stuck in a stuffy classroom, but listen to what your TA has to say and be diligent with your sampling. You will thank yourself later on when it's time to write that 16-page lab report.

    • Fall 2015
    • Horton
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    • Great Intro to the Subject A Few Big Assignments
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    Nov 29, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    This is a great class overall and professor Horton does a great job of getting points across while also keeping the lecture enjoyable. The material in this course also helps a lot with many of the other courses needed at ESF.

    Course highlights:

    The labs were all very hands on and informative. The stream, soil, and demography labs were three of the major labs and gave us very in depth understandings of them all.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Attend the lectures, although the majority of the lectures are provided online, he provides a lot of little extra details that are not on the slides in lecture. Make sure you also read through the chapters for each of the exams and understand the figures within them.

    • Fall 2016
    • Horton
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    • Great Intro to the Subject Always Do the Reading Great Discussions

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