This course surveys the interactions between organisms and their physical and biological environments in three integrated modules: ecophysiology and ecosystems, population biology, and community ecology. Each module comprises lectures on key topics, case studies in classic or current papers, computer models and collection and analysis of field data. Given the constantly evolving nature of this field, this course emphasizes understanding of the relative strengths of various hypotheses based on current evidence.
Three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory each week for one semester. Four credits.
Prerequisite(s):BI 103 - BI 104 or equivalent as determined by Department Chair.