ECOLOGY LECTURE BIOLOGY 3370 Spring 2003 Dr. Dirnberger 338 Science Bldg. 423-6546 (office), 499-3231 (lab); e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org "Ecology is an infant just learning to talk, and, like other infants, is engrossed with its own coinage of big words. Its working days lie in the future. Ecology is destined to become the lore of Round River, a belated attempt to convert our collective knowledge of biotic materials into a collective wisdom of biotic navigation." Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac "And if we seem a small factor in a huge pattern, nevertheless it is of relative importance. We take a tiny colony of soft corals from a rock in a little water world. Fifty miles away the Japanese shrimp boats are dredging with overlapping scoops, bringing up tons of shrimps, rapidly destroying the species so that it may never come back....That isn't very important in the world. And six thousand miles away the great bombs are falling on London and the stars are not moved thereby. None of it is important or all of it is." John Steinbeck and Ed Ricketts, 1941, The Sea of Cortez OBJECTIVES This course will develop a comprehensive and integrated understanding of relationships among living organisms and their environment. Ecological systems are highly complex, due to considerable variability in physical parameter and to a tremendous number of possible interactions among many species. In ecology, there are few absolute, concrete principles that apply to all systems. However, this does not mean that important generalization and useful models are not derived. An understanding of ecological principles is critical in light of rapid changes in the global systems and in biodiversity induced by a rapidly growing human population. EXAM DATES and READINGS Exam I Exam II Exam III Final Exam Date 6 February 18 March 17 April Textbook Chapters 1, 7 Chapters 8 pp. 268-77: Predation pp294-96: Population vs. community ecology pp. 316-17: Intro to community ecology pp. 326-27: Starfish experiment pp. 116-118: Island biogeography and habitat fragmentation pp. 330-34: Community dynamics pp. 50-71: Succession and disturbance pp. 297-301: Diversity and stability 1 May, Thursday – 11:00 am MICROTHEME ASSIGNMENT You will chose from a list of questions on issues that you will apply you newly acquired knowledge of ecology to. The microtheme is only one page, but will require thought and research. More details will be made available on the class web site at a later date. DUE DATE IS 3 April PREREQUISITES 10 hours of biological sciences REQUIRED BOOK: Ecology, Stanley I. Dodson et al. CLASS WEB PAGE: http://science.kennesaw.edu/~jdirnber/ecology This will link you to lecture outlines and to other resources. While these outlines are detailed, they are not complete lecture notes (i.e. this is not an online course). GRADES: Exam I Exam II Exam III Final Microtheme 100 pts 100 pts 100 pts 100 pts 50 pts 450 pts A= 90% pts. ; B= 80% pts ; C= 70% pts; D= 60% pts The last day to withdraw from a course without academic penalty is 19 March OFFICE HOURS: MONDAY/WEDNESDAY 11AM-12PM TUESDAY/THURSDAY 8-9AM FRIDAY 9AM –12PM If you can not make it during these times, I will be glad to make an appointment with you. If you are having any problems with the material, please come by and see me. Don't put it off until it is too late. POLICIES Late papers will result in a 5% reduction per class period. The penalty is initiated at the beginning of each class/lab period (i.e. if the paper is not turned in at the start of class on the day it is due, 5% is taken off). Keep all of your returned, graded work (exams and lab reports). You must have these materials if you decide to contest your final course grade. The last day to withdraw from a course without academic penalty is March 19th. ACADEMIC INTEGRITY Every KSU student is responsible for upholding the provisions of the Student Code of Conduct, as published in the Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs. Section II of the Student Code of Conduct addresses the University's policy on academic honesty, including provisions regarding plagiarism and cheating, unauthorized access to University materials, misrepresentation /falsification of University records or academic work, malicious removal, retention, or destruction of library materials, malicious/intentional misuse of computer facilities and/or services, and misuse of student identification cards. Incidents of alleged academic misconduct will be handled through the established procedures of the University Judiciary Program, which includes either an "informal" resolution by a faculty member, resulting in a grade adjustment, or a formal hearing procedure, which may subject a student to the Code of Conduct's minimum one semester suspension requirement.