Instructor: Rebecca Burton, Ph.D.
Office: CO 221
Classroom: TL 212
Concepts and Applications, M.C. Molles, Jr.;
A Sand County Almanac, Aldo Leopold; & Additional readings
You will be planning and conducting field experiments, analyzing and interpreting data, and reporting results in both written and verbal form. You will also be evaluating the work of others. These activities will include reviewing peer work, analyzing environmental issues, and critiquing environmental impact statements (EIS's).
While the science of ecology is different from the political arena of environmentalism, ecological knowledge is used to examine environmental issues. Therefore, we will apply the concepts covered in this course to current environmental topics so that each student can make decisions about environmental policy that are consistent with her own values.
1. Identify connections between species and abiotic factors
2. Describe key differences between ecosystems
3. Trace the affects of changes in ecosystems
4. Use ecological concepts to evaluate the possible effects of management decisions
5. Design, conduct, interpret and communicate ecological research
6. Use mathematical models to describe systems
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