NS 107 - Ecology
This course is a survey of concepts in ecology with emphasis on ecosystem ecology, biogeography, and evolution. Topics include ecosystem energetics, nutrient cycling, global weather and climate, biomes and natural communities, natural selection, diversity of life, and ecological relationships. We begin with a broad survey of ecological concepts at play in all ecosystems and apply these to specific terrestrial biomes such as tundra, boreal forest, temperate forest, temperate grassland, desert, chaparral, tropical savanna, and tropical rainforest. We conclude with an investigation into evolutionary theory and its applications to biodiversity.
Ecology and Lab
Instructor: Laura Beebe -586-2296 (home) firstname.lastname@example.org
Required Text: Why Big Fierce Animals Are Rare: An Ecologist’s Perspective by Paul Colinvaux
Elements of Ecology, by Thomas Smith and Robert Smith
Additional Text: Supplemental handouts will be given periodically
Format: 1.30 hrs lecture/3.15 hrs field sessions and discussions per week
Students will develop knowledge and skills in the following areas:
(including all lectures, discussions, quizzes, field trips, etc., on time, alert, well-read and ready to engage)
Students are expected to turn assignments in at the start of class on the days assigned. Missing assignments will receive a reduction of a whole letter grade for each day the work is late.
Students are expected to contact the instructor prior to a class absence. It is the responsibility of the student to make up missed content and turn in assignments. Students who miss more than 3 classes for any reason during the course of the semester will receive a reduced final grade by one full letter for each additional class missed. For example: a student misses 4 classes and ends the semester with a B- , the final adjusted grade would be a C-.