Spring Semester, alternate years
Community and ecosystem ecology have become increasingly important to understand in the context of current environmental challenges. However, a thorough approach to ecology requires the ability to make links between the environment, physiology, and ecology. We will focus on these processes by reading of classic and modern literature, teaching and practicing current laboratory methods and ecologically-relevant experimental design, and presenting experimental results in oral and written formats. In this course, you will learn techniques for data manipulation and analysis in the computer program 'R.' Structured labs in the first half of this course will exposure you to new lab techniques and practice with data analysis in R. The second half of the course will focus on your design, presentation, execution, and interpretation of an independent research project.
BSC 4933/5933 - Special Topics: Ecophysiology
Fall Semester (new course number TBD)
Linking physiological responses to ecology enables us to understand environmental drivers of biology at every scale: from population ecology, community dynamics, and conservation, to stress responses in plants, animals, and humans. This course will provide context for various applications of ecophysiology, including environmental, agricultural, and biomedical examples. Ecophysiological processes will be taught through lectures, activities and exercises during class, and written assignments. Midterm and final exams will be given.