Advanced Plant Systematics (4)
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.
Conservation Ecology (3)
Biological, social, and economic causes of the major threats to ecosystems and species. The role of universities and human communities. Changing world views 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.
The Ecology of Invasions (3)
Current literature on invasion ecology and invasive species is examined in a seminar that emphasizes critical analysis and integration with current ecological and evolutionary theory. Topics include characteristics of species and invasible environments; mechanisms of resistance to invasions; evolutionary processes; methods of control and management; local, national, and international policy development.
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.
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) 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.
Concepts and Methods in Evolution (4)
Kjer et al.
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. Prerequisite: 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: Seminar in Ecology 16:215:601.
Special Topics in Ecology (BA,BA)
Topics vary by semester. Current listings 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)