BIOEE 261 Ecology and
Fall. 4 credits. Prerequisite: one year of introductory biology.
S-U grades optional. Lecs, M W F 11:15; disc, W or R 1:25, 2:30,
or 3:35. A.S. Flecker, J.P. Sparks.
This course examines interactions between the environment
and organisms at the level of individuals, populations, communities,
and ecosystems. Basic ecological principles and processes
are emphasized that are important for understanding the world
around us and have broad application for environmental sciences
and management-oriented disciplines. Major topics include adaptive
strategies of organisms, population dynamics, species interactions,
community organization, ecosystem structure and function, biodiversity,
biogeochemistry, and productivity. Human influences on
ecosystems, the ecology of managed ecosystems (agricultural and
urban ecosystems), and sustainable practices are covered in lectures