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Introductory Ecology

This course will introduce you to a broad range of ecological ideas. My choice of topics is based on three criteria: (1) Is the topic so basic to ecology that any course in ecology has to discuss it?; (2) Is the topic important for understanding current social and political issues?; and (3) Is the topic just plain neat? Many of the topics will fall into the third category, and I have taken a fair amount of liberty in selecting the course material. I hope to convince you that ecology is fun and exciting, but also that there are many problems facing the world that can be solved only with a greater understanding of ecology. This course is not a course in politics, sociology, environmental management or philosophy. Instead, the course is about the science of ecology, and what ecology has to say about the way in which the world works. Although ecology is a young science, it already has a very solid scientific foundation based on observations and experiments. I want to show you some of this foundation. 3 cr/spr.

Department: 
Zoology
Course#: 
260
Course: 
Introductory Ecology
Credits: 
3
Instructor(s): 
Ives, Anthony
Semester: 
Spr