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Dr. Collins
Fall 2011
BIOLOGY 315: ECOLOGY
COURSE INFORMATION
INSTRUCTOR:
Dr. Michael Collins
Phone: 843-3557
Office: FJ 106-W
[email protected]
LECTURE: TTh 9:30 – 10:45 (Kennedy 104)
LAB:
Th 12:30 – 3:30 (FJ 145-W)
Office hours by appointment
Email is the best way to contact me.
TEXTBOOK: Cain, Bowman, and Hacker. 2011. Ecology, 2e. Sinauer Associates, Inc.
ISBN 978-0-87893-083-8
TEXT WEBPAGE: http://www.sinauer.com/ecology2e
CLASS SCHEDULE
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Date
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4 OCT
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Reading
Assign.
Introduction: the science of ecology
1
Climate & the physical environment
2
Quiz 1
Biomes, temperature, & water
3-4
Environmental variation: energy
5
Quiz 2
Evolution & ecology
6
Life history
7
Quiz 3
Population distribution & abundance
8
Review
--Population growth
9
EXAM 1
Population dynamics
10
Exam due
Competition
11
Quiz 4
Predation
12
Quiz 5
Dynamics of predation
12
Parasitism
13
Quiz 6
Mutualism & commensalism
14
NO CLASS – FALL BREAK
Quiz 7
The nature of communities
15
Review
--Community change & stability
16
EXAM 2
Biogeography
17
Exam due
Species diversity in communities
18
Quiz 8
Productivity
19
Quiz 9
Review
--Energy flow & food webs
20; p. 272
Conservation biology
22
EXAM 3
Conservation biology
TBA
Exam due
NO CLASS – THANKSGIVING BREAK
Landscape ecology & ecosystem management
23
Quiz 10
Global ecology
24
Review & summary
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FINAL EXAMINATION: 10 DECEMBER, 5:30 p.m.
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