Syllabus Lab Schedule

TENTATIVE LECTURE SCHEDULE (SPRING 2014)

Wk  Date  Day Topic Readings* Worksheets†
1 1/28 T Introduction    
  1/30 Th The nature of ecology Ch.1 Wk:1
2 2/4 T Earth's climate system I Ch.2 Wk:2
  2/6 Th Earth's climate system II Ch.2 Wk:3
3 2/11 T Evolutionary ecology I Ch.5 Wk:4
  2/13 Th Evolutionary ecology II Ch.5 Wk:5
4 2/18 T Habitat & niche Ch.13: 246-248 Wk:6
  2/20 Th Life history Ch.10: 182-183; 198-199 Wk:7
5 2/25 T Quiz    
  2/27 Th Describing populations Ch.8 Wk:8
6 3/4 T EXAM #1    Covers weeks 1 - 5
  3/6 Th Population growth Ch.9 Wk:9
7 3/11 T Population growth/regulation Ch.9; Ch.11  
  3/13 Th Population regulation Ch.11 Wk:10
8 3/18 T Metapopulations Ch.12 Wk:11
  3/20 Th Competition Ch.14 Wk:12
  3/25 T SPRING BREAK    
  3/27 Th SPRING BREAK    
9 4/1 T Predation & herbivory Ch.15: 274, 285-295 Wk:13
  4/3 Th Predation & herbivory Ch.15: 274, 285-295  
10 4/8 T Predation & herbivory Ch.15: 274, 285-295  
  4/10 Th Quiz Ch.16: 299, 305-315 Pop Growth to Predation
11 4/15 T EXAM #2    Covers weeks 6 - 10
  4/17 Th Mutualism Ch.17 Wk:14
12 4/22 T Community structure Ch.18 & 19 Wk:15
  4/24 Th Community dynamics Ch.18 & 19 Wk:16
13 4/29 T Ecosystem energetics Ch.21: 397-403; 410-411; 415-416 Wk:17
  5/1 Th Decomposition & nutrient cycling Ch.22: 420-434 Wk:18
14 5/6 T Quiz    
  5/8 Th Biogeochemical cycles Ch.23: 447-448 Wk:19
15 5/13 T The carbon cycle Ch.23: 448-452; Ch.30  Wk:20
  5/15 Th The nitrogen cycle Ch.23: 452-454; 457 Wk:21
FINAL EXAM: Tuesday May 20  12:45-2:45 pm Cumulative: 80% weeks 11-15; 20% weeks 1 - 10
* Readings are from Smith & Smith 2012. 8th Edition. Elements of Ecology
† Wk = Assigned lecture worksheet