"The Ecology of Biodiversity"
modified: 22 March 2015
NOTE: See the class DROPBOX folder (assigned on first day of class) for all other info, including updated syllabus, readings, assignments and relevant departmental seminar series
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. Students who have taken ENVS 24 need
special permission of instructor. NO
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).
REQUIRED to bring a copy of the relevant lecture supplement (in the class
dropbox folder) to every lecture. I have designed these so you can take notes directly
on them; because of this, hard copies are best, but you also might use a tablet
that you can write on.
LECTURE: MWF 11:00-12:10 in Physical Sciences 110
SECTIONS: Wed 8:00-9:10 NatSci Annex 102; Thurs 4-5:100
NatSci Annex 103
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