ECOL 4000/6000 – Taught every fall
This course is for upper level undergraduates and master’s degree students. Population and community ecology are active areas of ecological research with important applications for management and conservation. This course links conceptual issues and basic models with data and field approaches to understanding population dynamics in time and space. The first five weeks of the course focus on the birth, death, and movement of organisms, with particular reference to the population dynamics of single-species; weeks 6-10 concern interactions among species, including competition and predation; the final portion of the course focuses on the generation and maintenance of biodiversity in ecosystems.