BIOS 105 - ENVIRONMENTAL BIOLOGY - Fall 2004 schedule

 

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Date

Lecture

 

 

A. Ecology of Eden

1

Aug. 31

Sep. 2

1.     Introduction

2.  Darwin’s finches

 

 

 

2

Sep. 7

3.  Resources and conditions

 

Sep. 9

4.  Behavior: territoriality, mate choice and natural selection

 

 

 

3

Sep. 14

5.  Population processes: competition, herbivory, predation and parasitism

 

Sep. 16

6.  The niche

 

 

 

4

Sep. 21

7.  Communities and ecosystems: patterns in time and space

 

Sep. 23

EXAM 1

 

 

 

 

5

 

Sep. 28

B. Dynamics of human impact

8.  The last 100,000 years

 

Sep. 30

9.  Population dynamics

 

 

 

6

Oct. 5

10.  Manipulating resources

 

Oct. 7

11.  Carrying capacity and sustainability

 

 

 

7

Oct. 12

12.  Cycles of conflict: intraspecific competition and warfare

 

Oct. 14

13.  Habitat fragmentation and extinction

 

 

 

8

Oct. 19

14.  Pollution

 

Oct. 21

EXAM 2

 

 

 

9

Oct. 26

15.  Pollution: acid deposition

 

Oct. 28

C. Environmental impacts on humans

16.  Health problems and disease ecology

 

 

 

10

Nov. 2

Computer modelling: playing with equations….

 

Nov. 4

17.  Climate change and ecosystem shifts

 

 

 

 

11

 

Nov. 9

D. Interpretation and Solution

18.  Resource ownership and “The Commons”

 

Nov. 11

19.  Scientific method & environmental controversy

 

 

 

12

Nov. 16

20.  The abundance-catastrophe debate

 

Nov. 18

21.  Implementation of solutions: dialog and legislation

 

 

 

13

Nov. 23

EXAM 3

 

Nov. 25

Thanksgiving

 

 

 

14

Nov. 30

Research Symposium: presentations of group projects

 

Dec. 2

Discussion and review

 

 

 

15

Dec. 6

FINAL EXAM (Monday, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, 1106 Wood Hall)