BIOEE 3610

BIOEE 3610

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2022-2023.

This course provides an in depth survey of ecology emphasizing conceptual foundations and the integration of experimental and quantitative approaches, including population and community ecology, ecosystem biology, and ecological modeling. Current and classical ecological research is used to introduce major concepts and methods, derive major ecological principles, and critically discuss their applicability on multiple organizational levels, on multiple scales, and in a variety of ecosystems. Weekly discussion/lab sections focus on measurement techniques and computation (modeling, simulation and data analysis using the R language).

When Offered Fall.

Prerequisites/Corequisites Prerequisite: one semester of calculus and BIOEE 1610 or equivalent, or permission of instructor.

Distribution Category (PBS-AS, BIO-AS, SMR-AS)
Course Attribute (CU-SBY)

Comments Biological Sciences majors in the EEB concentration must take course for a letter grade.

Outcomes
  • Read, synthesize and critically discuss contemporary published research in ecology. Analyze ecological systems in terms of proximate and ultimate causation, and be able to work with multi-level systems interactions.
  • Use basic conceptual and analytical tools for describing and quantifying ecological relationships.
  • Understand and use fundamental analytical methods to describe structure and dynamics of populations and communities. Make predictions about population and community dynamics based on knowledge about biotic and abiotic factors influencing species interactions. Integrate knowledge about species interactions to explain higher level ecosystem processes.
  • Evaluate differences across ecosystems in terms of differences in rates of metabolism and the relative open-ness of ecosystem cycles.
  • Critically evaluate data from whole-ecosystem experiments and cross-ecosystem studies.
  • Analyze some of the complex interactions between global change and ecological structure and function.
  • "Read" a model, interpreting its equations as statements about underlying processes and assumptions about system structure and function.
  • Modify existing models for applications to related systems or alternative scenarios.
  • Use the R scripting language as an environment for implementing ecological models and studying their behavior.

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Syllabi:
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Choose one lecture and one discussion.

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  2200 BIOEE 3610   LEC 001

    • MWF Malott Hall 406
    • Aug 22 - Dec 5, 2022
    • Ellner, S

      Sparks, J

  • Instruction Mode: In Person
    Prerequisite: One semester of calculus and BIOEE 1610 or equivalent, or permission of instructor. Biological sciences majors in the EEB concentration must take course for a letter grade.

  •  2284 BIOEE 3610   DIS 201

    • M Corson-Mudd A409
    • Aug 22 - Dec 5, 2022
    • Ellner, S

      Sparks, J

  • Instruction Mode: In Person

  •  2328 BIOEE 3610   DIS 202

    • T Corson-Mudd A409
    • Aug 22 - Dec 5, 2022
    • Ellner, S

      Sparks, J

  • Instruction Mode: In Person