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Syllabus (.pdf)

Writing Assignment Papers

PDF's from Part 1

PDF's from Part 2

 

 

Links:

Tinker/Estes Lab

Kilpatrick Lab

UCSC Dept. of Ecology & Evolution

 

BIOE 107 - ECOLOGY

Lecture Schedule (tentative):

Date Topic and notes Assignments? Caine Gotelli Slides & Notes
Jan 4 INTRODUCTION/OVERVIEW (MK/JE)        
Jan 6 THE PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT/THE BIOSPHERE (MK)   22-78    
Jan 11 PHYSIOLOGICAL ECOLOGY (MK)   82-127 (optional)    
Jan 13 POPULATION ECOLOGY I: Exponential growth (MK)   187, 204-207 1-12  
Jan 18 POPULATION ECOLOGY II: Age structured growth (MK)   196-203 49-80

Worksheet 1 (.pdf) in section

Jan 20 POPULATION ECOLOGY III: Density dependent growth (MK)   208-212 25-48

Worksheet 1 (.pdf) in section

Jan 25 POPULATION DYNAMICS: Stochasticity, Metapopulations (MK)   208-235 13-18, 38-40, 81-96

Worksheet 2 (.pdf) in section

Jan 27 SPECIES INTERACTIONS I: Competition, Mutualism (MK) Worksheet 1 240-257, 302-317 99-124

Worksheet 2 (.pdf) in section

Feb 1 SPECIES INTERACTIONS: Predation, Parasitism, Herbivory (MK)   260-279, 282-299 125-152

 

Feb3 Section1 Midterm

Worksheet 2

    Writing Assignment
Feb 8 FOOD WEBS—INDIRECT EFFECTS AND TROPHIC CASCADES (JE) Estes et al. Science 1998 432-453   Lecture 1 Powerpoint
Feb 10 COMMUNITIES (JE) Bascompte et al. PNAS 2005 322-341 Chap. 8 Lecture 2 Powerpoint
Feb 15 ECOSYSTEMS (JE) Coale et al. Nature 1996 454-477   Lecture 3 Powerpoint
Feb 17 DIVERSITY (JE) Tilman et al. Science 2001 364-411 Chap. 7 & 9 Lecture 4 Powerpoint
Feb 22 RESILIENCE AND STABILITY (JE) Scheffer et al. Nature 2001.     Lecture 5 Powerpoint
Feb 24 CONNECTIVITY—LINKAGES ACROSS ECOSYSTEMS (JE) Croll et al. Science 2005.     Lecture 6 Powerpoint
Mar 1 EVOLUTIONARY ECOLOGY (JE)

PAPER DUE: 5:00PM

Schoener, T.W. Science 2011.

130-145   Lecture 7 Powerpoint
Mar 3 PALEOECOLOGY (JE) Gill et al. Science 2009.     Lecture 8 Powerpoint
Mar 8 MANAGEMENT AND CONSERVATION (JE) MT2 REVIEW 478-501   Lecture 9 Powerpoint
Mar 10 Section 2 Midterm MIDTERM      

Lecture Location, Days and Times

Tues/Thurs: 12:00-13:45, Baskin Engineering 152

Discussion Section Locations, Days and Times

Mon

11:00AM-12:10PM

Heady

N. Sci Annex 102

Wed

09:30AM-10:40AM

Heady

N. Sci Annex 103

Thu

08:30AM-09:40AM

Weitzman

N. Sci Annex 103

Fri

03:30PM-04:40PM

Weitzman

N. Sci Annex 103

 

Course Description:

The main goal of this course is to familiarize you with the important concepts in ecology. We will
emphasize ideas, not the memorization of facts. You will learn from the following main sources—the
lectures; associated readings from the texts; the reading of key papers from the primary scientific
literature; study exercises; and the discussion sections. A second goal is to instill an understand and
appreciation of ecological diversity—diversity of biological species; diversity of ecosystems;
diversity of processes that act within those ecosystems; and diversity of approaches employed by
ecologists in their efforts to understand the workings of nature. A third goal is to instill an appreciation for the importance of ecology to human welfare. A final goal is to help you learn to think like an ecologist.

Contact information and Office Hours

Email Addresses: _at_ = @

Instructors

James Estes; COH252A, jestes_at_ucsc.edu, 9-2820, Office Hours: Tues 2-3pm (On-Campus, Engineering Lounge after lecture); Wed 3-4pm (LML-COH252A)

Marm Kilpatrick; EMS A332, marm_at_biology.ucsc.edu, 9-5070, Office Hours: Tues 2-3pm (On-Campus)

Teaching Assistants

Walter Heady; COH255, heady_at_biology.ucsc.edu, 9-5783, Office Hours: Wed 11am-12pm (The Knuckle)
Mon 3-4pm (LML-COH255)
Benjamin Weitzman; COH251, bpweitzm_at_ucsc.edu, 9-2357, Office Hours: Tues 10:30-11:30pm (LML-COH 252) Thurs 10-11am (The Knuckle).
The Knuckle is located in Earth and Marine Sciences on the 3rd floor, corner of "A". It is the windowed corner of the EMS building and if you enter from the Nat Sci plaza (where section is held) you will be on the correct floor.

Announcements:

  • There is a review session TONIGHT 3/7 @ 6:00PM in EMS A340 hosted by Prof. Estes
  • Walter is NOT having office hours 2/28.
  • Papers and Lecture slides posted in syllabus & PDF from Part 2 page.
  • Writing Assignment Guidelines Posted
  • Please read assigned papers for your section, attendance is still required.
  • Office Hours have been rescheduled, check below to see new times.
  • Assigned readings are posted the day of lecture and will be discussed in section.
  • Part 2 of the course begins on 2/8/11. PDFs can be found in the calendar or "PDF's from Part 2" link.
  • All PDFs, worksheets, and lecture slides from Marm's section are located in the "PDF's from Part I" link to the right.