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  • General

    General Ecology & Lab (NSC 140)

    Fall 2013, 5 credits

    Jaime Tanner

    M - 1:30 - 4:50pm, Tu/Th 10 - 11:20am

    • Class Schedule & Readings

      9/5 Molle's Chapter 1

      HW 1 due Tuesday 9/10

      9/9 LAB 1

      Readings 1 & 2

      9/10 BIOMES, Chapters 2 & 3

      9/12 Ecology & Evolution, Chapter 4

      Reading for homework: Ellis, EC & Ramankutty, N. 2008. Putting people in the map: anthropogenic biomes of the world. Frontiers in Ecology & the Environmnet

      Due: HW2

      9/16 Lab - Estimating Populations

      9/17 Evolution continued, no new reading

      9/19 Physiological Ecology

              Reading: Chapter 5 & Walsberg 2000

      9/23 LAB Stream Ecology

      9/24 Physiological Ecology continued

             Reading: Chapter 7

             Due: Primary Literature Analysis

      9/26 Population Abundance & Distribution

             Chapter 9

      10/1   Population Dynamics

               Chapter 10

      10/3   Population Growth

               Chapter 11

               QUIZ 1 - Study Guide

      10/7 LAB: Succession or if it is raining too much Goldenrod Gall

      10/8  Life History

              Chapter 12, Stearns 1989 paper

      10/10  Research Day

                If you are conducting a research project then use this time to collect some pilot data

                If you are not doing a research project you should do this activity, here is   the example ethogram

      10/14 LAB:  Raptor Feeding Behavior

      10/15 Behavioral Ecology

               Chapter 8, Lacey & Wieczorek 2003

      10/17 Interactions - Competition

               Chapter 13

      Due: HW - for either monogamy in prairie voles or a behavior of your choosing, write one hypothesis and prediction for each level of analysis (Proximate & Ultimate), additionally revisit the Lacey & Wieczorek paper above and identify at what level of analysis their hypothesis(es) are addressing.

      10/24 Exploitation

      Reading:  Chapter 14 and Brenes-Arguedas et al. 2009 (read this paper twice - once to get the gist and the second time to think about what the goals, methods and results for the study tell us)

      10/28 Competition Lab

      10/29 Mutualism

      Reading: Chapter 15

      QUIZ 2 - Study Guide

      10/31  Abundance & Diversity

      Reading: Chapter 16

      Due: Find an article on a study looking at mutualism in any species and be able to give a 5 minute summary in class

      11/4 Cemetery Life Tables Lab

      11/5 Diversity and Community Structure

      Reading: Chapter 17

      11/6 Population/Community Ecology Cont.

      Reading:  Truffles!

      Due: Simpson's & Shannon-Weiner Calculations of Diversity

      11/12 Primary Production & Energy Flow

      11/14 Nutrient Cycling & Retention

      11/18 Succession & Stability

      Due: Quiz 3 Review

      11/20 Landscape Ecology

      Chapter 21

      11/25 Butterfly data and Comparing Populations

      11/26 Geographic Ecology

      Chapter 22

      11/27 Final Papers Due

      11/28 NO CLASS - THANKSGIVING

      12/3 Disease Ecology

      Readings: NYT - The Ecology of Disease, Ostfeld, 1997 The Ecology of Lyme Disease Risk 

      12/5 Urban Ecology

      Readings: Pickett et al. 2008. Beyond Urban Legends: An Emerging Framework of Urban Ecology, as Illustrated by the Baltimore Ecosystem Study 

      Humphries, 2012. The Science of Cities: Life in the Concrete Jungle

      12/9 Lab: Research Presentations - send me titles and abstracts

      12/10 AgroEcology

      Reading: Agroecology as a science, a movement and a practice. A review

      TAKE-HOME Final. Due via Email by noon on Tuesday 12/17

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