Tentative Lecture Schedule


Unit 1; Introduction and Evolutionary Ecology


Week 1Aug 25 & 27: 

Topics:  What is ecology. Efficacy of Evidence in Science


Week 2Sept 1 & 3:  (final day to add classes or drop with full refund)

Topics: Evolutionary Ecology (Microevolution and Optimal Ecological Design)


Week 3 Sept 8 & 10:

Topics: Evolutionary Ecology (Microevolution and Optimal Ecological Design)


Unit 2; Autecology


Week 4Sept 15 & 17: 

Topics: What is an Environment (Operational Environment, Adaptations to environment,

Concept of Niche)

Topics: Applying Physiological Ecology to Conservation


Unit 3; Population Biology


Week 5 - Sept 22 & 24:

Topics: Population Biology (Introduction, Distribution and Abundance)


Week 6 - Sept 29 & Oct 1:

Topics: Population Growth (Growth Curves, Human Population Growth)


Week 7 - Oct 6 & 8:

Topics: Demography (Age-structured growth,

Demography of the Condor and Life-History Ecology)


Unit 4; Interactive Ecology


Week 8 - Oct 13 & 15:

Topics: 2-Species interactions, Amensalism, Commensalism, Mutualism, Protocooperation,etc.


Week 9 - Oct 20 & 22: 

Topics: Host-parasite relationships, disease ecology, and epidemiology


Week 10 - Oct 27 & 29: (last day to drop classes and receive a “W”)

Topics: Competition


Week 11 - Nov 3 & 5:

Topics: Predator-Prey Interactions, Herbivory


Unit 5; Ecosystem Dynamics


Week 12 - Nov 10 & 12:Veteran’s Day Nov 11

Topics:, Metapopulation Dynamics, Multi-species, and Multi-Equilibrial Systems


Week 13 -Nov 17 & 19:

Topics: Biogeography


Unit 6; Conservation Ecology


Week 14 -Nov 24: Thanksgiving on Nov 26

Topics: Global Climate Change


Week 15 -Dec 1 & 3:

Topics: Extinction


Week 16 -Dec 8: Dead day Dec 9)

Topics: Ecosystem Collapse


Thursday Dec 10 3:10 – 5:10 pm

Final Exam

  Dipsosaurus dorsalis

Mojave Desert, California