Biology 314 - Ecology/Pop. Bio.

Ecology and Population Biology; Biol 314

Prof:  C. Richard Tracy (Office FA 259;

TA:Gareth Blakemor (

Lecture: 2:30-3:45 pm, Tues/Thurs; DMS 103

Office Hours:by appointment [email for appointment at

[Tracy can be reached by email day and night, and this is the most reliable

   access to your professor]

I am additionally usually available in my office between 1 and 2:15 Tues/Thurs

Text:“Ecology” Cain et al. 3rd Edition, Sinauer, Sunderland, Mass

Course Description - The purpose of this course is to provide fundamentals of ecology and population biology (with emphasis on animals). The field of ecology is intrinsically interdisciplinary and complex. The field sometimes depends upon math and physical sciences as well as many areas of biology. Lectures, readings, and class exercises will comprise the material for all tests. 

Course Goals –

•  To provide an overview of the fields of ecology and population biology.

•  To provide details of the major principles of ecology

•  To develop an understanding of the issues, complexities, challenges, and value of ecology in understanding natural systems and human’s relationship to natural systems.

•  To enhance academic skills in analyzing and synthesizing information, and for assessing truth in words and assertions written and said.

•  To illustrate the value of science as a means to assess the impact of changes to natural ecosystems, and to assess the impacts on rare and endangered species of human changes to ecosystems.

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