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"The Ecology of Biodiversity"

Bioe 147/247

Spring 2013


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Relevant Seminar Series: EEB and ENVS

modified: 31 March 2013

NOTE: all the other pages are for 2012 unless otherwise notes.

Bio 147/247 is an upper division/graduate course about the ecology of biological diversity. It uses case histories of well-studied marine and terrestrial systems to develop the major themes of community biology: structure, trophic dynamics, succession, complex interactions among species, herbivory, evolution and coevolution. Lectures and discussions will be supplemented by extensive readings from the text and from the primary literature. Students need a solid background in ecology so that we can cover advanced material in this course, with no more than a quick review of the basics.

This course is designed to follow one of these courses: Introductory Ecology (Bio107), Marine Ecology (Bio 108), Freshwater Ecology (Bio 155) or Plant Ecology (Bio 145). One of those courses, or a similar ecology course that goes beyond the ecology taught in an Introductory Biology sequence, is a required prerequisite; a course such as Bioe 20C is not adequate. NO EXCEPTIONS.  

TEXTBOOK: P. Morin, Community Ecology, 2nd ed (2011). You can get this either new or used from the campus bookshop, the publisher (Blackwell's) or Amazon; there is also an e-book option (bookshop, publishers).

I also need to print out pages from a lecture supplement, that is available to you on the class website. You are REQUIRED to bring a hard copy of the relevant pages to every lecture.

LECTURE: MWF 11:00-12:10 in Physical Sciences 110

SECTIONS: Wed 3:30-4:40 NatSci Annex 103; Fri 9:30-10:40 NatSci Annex 103 

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