Plant Systematics (3)
Broad, evolutionary overview of all vascular plants, from club mosses and ferns to conifers and flowering plants. Principles of classification and field identification, morphology, and basic concepts in evolutionary studies in botany. Independent project.
Struwe. Prerequisite: Principles of botany or vascular plant systematics.
Plant Systematics Laboratory (1)
Conservation Ecology (3)
Biological, social, and economic causes of the major threats to ecosystems and species. The role of universities and human communities. Changing worldviews and possibilities for constructive response.
Population Genetics (4)
Factors affecting gene frequencies in populations and leading to the origin of new species. An introduction to the analysis of continuously distributed polygenic traits.
Smouse. Prerequisite: Genetics.
Landscape Ecology (3)
introduction and overview of the field of landscape ecology, coupling theory
and concepts with illustrated applications in the computer lab to provide practical
experience using state-of-the-art landscape analysis tools.
Advanced Evolution (1)
Journal club in evolution. Major elements of organismal evolutionary theory: phylogenetics, genetic variation, natural selection, adaptation, and speciation. Demonstration of methodology and software programs.
Molecular Ecology (3)
Genomics applied to ecology and evolution. Topics will
include population dynamics, dispersal, natural selection, and conservation
Wildlife Ecology and Conservation (3)
The ecology, management, and conservation of terrestrial and
aquatic wildlife. Topics include population viability analysis,
sustainable harvesting, habitat fragmentation, and conservation genetics.
Community Dynamics (4)
Patterns and processes involving sets of two or more coexisting species. Theoretical and empirical studies.
(F) Bayesian Analysis (3)
This course will prepare graduate students to perform Bayesian analyses. Topics covered will include likelihood functions, prior and
posterior distributions, model choice, hierarchical modeling, and the OpenBUGS
(F) Quantitative Ecology and Evolution (3)
Application of differential equations and linear algebra to specific ecological phenomena (e.g., growth, competition, predator/prey). Dynamic modeling of simple (three- and four-component) ecosystems; students develop their own models.
Morin. Prerequisite: Calculus.
Introduction to Ecological and Environmental Modeling (3)
Mathematical and statistical tools for ecological and environmental modeling. General model formulation, validation, hypothesis testing, nonlinear phenomena, and forecasting.
Xu. Prerequisites: College-level calculus and basic statistics.
Ecosystem Modeling, Quantitative Analysis for Ecosystem Management (3)
Quantifying major ecosystem functions based on current knowledge and understanding of ecosystem processes and their interactions from cell to ecosystem scales; modeling photosynthesis, respiration, evapotranspiration, soil moisture, energy balance, stomatal conductance, and leaf area index; basic spatial modeling techniques and applications of remote sensing and GIS in ecosystem modeling. Application of models to ecosystem management and global environment change.
Xu. Prerequisite: 16:215:585.
(S) Urban Ecology (3)
Ecology in and of cities; responses of organisms to urbanization;
socioecological linkages; urban planning and design as it relates
Topics in Advanced Ecology (3)
Literature review and synthesis of a selected current topic in applied or theoretical ecology.
(S) Population Ecology (4)
Population dynamics and demography, natural selection and evolution, life history strategies, population regulatory mechanisms, species interactions and coevolution, variability among populations and ecological differentiation, and island biogeography.
Lec./sem. 3 hrs., lab./field 3 hrs. Morin. Prerequisite: Ecology.
(F) Foundations of Ecology (3)
An overview of concepts and current topics in the field of ecology.
Special Topics in Ecology (BA,BA)
Topics vary every semester. Current listing can be found on the online scheduling system.
Seminar in Ecology (1)
Introductory seminar required for all first-year ecology and evolution students.
Graduate program director
(S) Ethics and Development in Ecology and Evolution (1)
Applying for academic jobs; basics of scientific writing; training in responsible conduct of research.
Lockwood. Prerequisite: 16:215:601.
Special Topics in Ecology (BA,BA)
Topics vary by semester. Current listing can be found on the online scheduling system.
Advanced Problems in Ecology (BA,BA)
Individual study in an area of expertise of the faculty.
Fundamentals of Ecosystem Ecology (4)
Critical review of ecosystem ecology, including biogeochemical cycles and budgets, ecosystem energetics, the theory and history of ecosystem ecology, and the response of ecosystems to disturbance. Meets at the Cary Institute for Ecosystem Studies during Winter Session.
Research in Ecology (BA,BA)