Physiological Ecology ZOO 462/662
The topics covered in this course focus on the physiology underlying life-history variation and trade-offs among animals. Through these topics we cover core concepts such as
- Micro-evolutionary change in physiological systems
- The relationship between morphological structure and physiological function
- Interactions between genotype and the environment in producing phenotypes
- Energy flow and scaling
- How physiology contributes to emergent properties in ecology
The learning outcomes for the course are:
- Students will be able to synthesize information from the primary literature to generate new ideas
- Students will be able to communicate scientific data in multiple formats
- Students will be able to integrate information from this course with other courses in our curriculum (including mathematics and physics)
- Students will be able to apply their knowledge to an emerging issue in ecology (i.e., global climate change, population growth)
I use a variety of assessments to evaluate student learning. One common theme for the assessments is that students are expected to participate in the process of assessment and contribute to their design. We do a combination of individual and group work and use contract grading. At the end of the course students will have a portfolio that demonstrate their understanding and mastery of the concepts.
This course is taught at the upper division undergraduate and graduate levels.