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M - Intermediate

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This course examines ecology in the classic sense: the study of the causes and consequences of the distribution and abundance of organisms.

We examine the assumptions and predictions of general models of predator-prey interactions, inter- and intra-species competition, island biogeography, and resource use, and compare these models to the results of experimental tests in lab and field. In addition we discuss appropriate techniques used by ecologists in collecting data in the field, note-taking and the appropriate collation and storage of field data. Although this course is not a course in Conservation Biology, we examine how ecological principles are applied to conservation questions.

Readings include selections from the primary literature. Students are evaluated on the basis of class participation and two in depth problem sets,drawing extensively on the primary literature.


Biology: Form and Function.

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