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ENVI 312
Communities and Ecosystems Fall 2019
Division III Quantative/Formal Reasoning
Cross-listed ENVI 312 / BIOL 302

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An advanced ecology course that examines how species interact with each other and their environment and how communities are assembled. This course emphasizes phenomena that emerge in complex ecological systems, building on the fundamental concepts of population biology, community ecology, and ecosystem science. This foundation will be used to understand specific topics relevant to conservation including invasibility and the functional significance of diversity for ecosystem stability and processes. Lectures and labs will explore how to characterize the emergent properties of communities and ecosystems, and how theoretical, comparative, and experimental approaches are used to understand their structure and function. The lab component of this course will emphasize hypothesis-oriented field experiments as well as “big-data” analyses using existing data sets.The laboratory component of the course will culminate with a self-designed independent or group project.
The Class: Format: lecture/laboratory; six hours per week
Limit: 28
Expected: 24
Class#: 1242
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: lab reports, a midterm exam, a term project presentation, and a final project paper
Prerequisites: BIOL/ENVI 203 or 220
Enrollment Preferences: Biology majors and Environmental Studies majors and concentrators
Unit Notes: satisfies the distribution requirement for the Biology major
Distributions: Division III Quantative/Formal Reasoning
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ENVI 312 Division III BIOL 302 Division III
Attributes: ENVI Natural World Electives
EVST Living Systems Courses
EXPE Experiential Education Courses

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