This class was tough.
The subject was very interesting and the professor had a lot to say, however, it wasn't always clear what he wanted us to know and the notes he had for us were not very clear either. The textbook assigned was also interesting and had a lot of information, but it didn't follow what we were learning
I learned about the different biotic and abiotic factors, as well as how they interact with each other and how one can affect the other. We also discussed the different niches you find in nature, populations, extinctions, limiting factors etc. The laboratory component elaborated on some of these aspects, and personally, I found it to be more interesting than the class itself.
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Advice for students:
Take recordings if you want (which I did), but a lot of what the professor says in class is about current events, and how we see different themes in the world today, not so much theory or definitions we need to know. The most important thing to know with this professor is that his exam questions are like a challenge that you have to approach by knowing all the factors that could influence a given situation. There isn't really a way to study for it because it's a different situation every time but you have to be able to say what could affect the population size, growth, dispersion, etc. of the situation. The only thing that might have saved me were the quizzes, which we really easy questions (name a herbivore for example) that he asked us to make sure we were coming to class.