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Take BIOL 458 Quantitative Ecology

While we all love to hug trees, there comes a time when we need to quantify that love. Sure, it sounds cold-hearted, but in many cases quantification is the key to protection. Learn how to test hypotheses and fit models to data for problems in ecology such as "will my tree partner go extinct, forcing me to spread my love to other plant species??"

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Prereq: (BIOL 150/250 or ENVS 200) and one of (STAT 202, ECON 221, ENVS 278).

Excerpts from 2013 syllabus

Required text: Mills, L.S. 2012. Conservation of Wildlife Populations: Demography, Genetics, and Management. Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN-13: 978-0470671498 (on reserve)

Additional text: Stevens, M.H. 2009. A Primer of Ecology with R. Springer. ISBN-13: 978-0387898810 (online).

Required lab text: Beckerman, A., and O. Petchey. 2013. Getting Started with R: An introduction for biologists. Oxford University Press. ISBN-13: 978-0199601622

Course learning objectives: Students will be able to:

1. Select appropriate data sampling methods

2. Test hypotheses

3. Analyze simple ecological models

4. Compare model predictions and data

How do you STAC up?

Student assessment:

Assignments (3 @ 5% each) 15%

Midterm (1 @ 20% , 1 @ 25%) 45%

Final 40%

Using tree measurements by Papua New Guinean villagers such as Daniel and Jackson, scientists can estimate that this tree stores about one tonne of carbon in its trunk and branches. Michelle Venter