Courses

EEBL 602.  Population Ecology. [Syllabus] This second component of the Core Sequence in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology examines the fundamental concepts in population dynamics. The main focus of the course will be birth, death, immigration, and emigration processes, how these processes are affected by internal and external factors, and the ways they affect population abundance.

EEBL 603. Community Ecology. [Syllabus] This third component of the Core Sequence in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology examines the fundamental concepts in community ecology. The main focus of the course will be conceptual development of the subdiscipline; spatial and temporal patterns of community structure; processes that determine community structure and dynamics; the interface of population, community and ecosystem ecology; and applications of community ecology for natural resource management, agriculture, and health.

WFSC 605 – Community Ecology (graduate, 3 cr)  [Syllabus] (3-0). Perspectives and key contributions; biogeography and macroecology; landscape ecology; species interactions and community assembly rules; food webs and other network perspectives; integrating perspectives; conservation applications.

WFSC 489-543 – Special Topics: Amazon River Tropical Biology (undergraduate) [Syllabus] (3-0). Credit 3. One-semester study abroad course that focuses on the natural history, ecology, evolutionary biology, geography, and culture of the Amazon River and Rio Negro, a massive black-water tributary. Students will discover the attributes of the world’s largest and most bio-diverse river basin during a 10-day expedition that embarks in early January from Manaus, Brazil. During this boat-based expedition, students will learn about tropical biology by surveying biota and recording observations about this unique ecosystem. Upon completion of the expedition, students will select research topics and develop presentations that will be reported to the class in weekly one-hour sessions during the spring semester.

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