Lead Faculty: Dr. Michael R. Maxwell
Course DescriptionA study of the relationship of plants and animals to their environment and to one another. Emphasizes populations, the population-community interface and community structure and interactions within the ecosystem.
- Discuss the basic concepts of the scientific method.
- Design and conduct field-based research in ecology.
- Describe adaptations of organisms to the environment, especially with respect to temperature and water.
- Discuss fundamental concepts of population ecology (eg. population structure and growth).
- Describe the major interactions between species (eg. competition, feeding, parasitism).
- Explain the basic ideas of ecological community structure, succession and stability.
- Explain the flow of energy in ecosystems and the cycling of matter and nutrients.
- Discuss spatial distribution of populations and species.