Ecology

Course Description

A 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.

Learning Outcomes

  • 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.

Prerequisites

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