General Ecology

Spring 2018

Instructor:       L.M. Moe, Science I, Room 312,  e-mail
Times:            TTh 2:30 - 3:45pm. TBA
Textbook:       Ricklefs, R. E. 2014. The Economy of Nature. 7th Ed. Freeman

Course description: A study of the relationships between organisms and their environment with emphasis placed on evolutionary mechanisms and terrestrial ecosystems. Prerequisites: BIOL 2010, 2110 and 2120. If you do not meet these prerequisites, please see me.

Although tentative, here is the B 3110 syllabus (pdf format)   

See here for the journal review instructions                                           

Study Questions -  discussion questions for each chapter

Course objectives: Upon the successful completion of this course each student will be able to demonstrate junior level biological literacy in the basic principles and concepts of ecology by demonstrating the ability to:

  1. 1.Discuss the physical and chemical characteristics of water as they relate to ecology.

  2. 2.Discuss the fundamental conditions leading to evolutionary change.

3. Demonstrate an understanding of the evolution of species interactions.

4. Discuss the fundamental effects of abiotic factors on species distributions and abundance.

5. Discuss the fundamentals of population growth and regulation.

6. Describe several basic life history strategies.

7. Describe the effects of competition, parasitism, and predation on individuals,
    populations and ecosystems.

8. Discuss the factors affecting biodiversity.

9. Discuss the fundamentals of energy flow and trophic structure in an ecosystem.

10. Discuss the fundamentals of biogeochemical and nutrient cycles.

11. Describe causes for patterns of terrestrial and aquatic biomes.

  1. 12.Critically read and summarize articles published in scholarly, refereed journals.