To help you prepare for the lecture and exams
, I have created a set of worksheets (below) that contain questions/problems that pertain to and cover some of the basic concepts presented in each lecture.  You are expected to complete each worksheet prior to the corresponding lecture and turn it in on the same day that lecture is presented.  Keys to worksheets will be posted after the lecture in which they are due.  Although the worksheets are worth only 2 pts each, they also contribute to your participation score. I will make every attempt to return worksheets the following week. NO late worksheets will be accepted!

The purpose of the worksheets is to prepare you for lecture and reinforce your understanding of key concepts from the readings before you come to lecture. If used together with the answer keys, they also serve as a study guide to help you prepare for the exams.  I normally adapt one or two questions for each exam directly from the worksheets. Therefore, completing all of the worksheets will help you prepare for both the lectures and exams.  If you wish to do well in this course, I highly recommend that you complete the worksheets.

Worksheets

Wk 1: The nature of ecology

Wk 2: Earth's climate system I

Wk 3: Earth's climate system II

Wk 4: Evolutionary ecology I

Wk 5: Evolutionary ecology II

Wk 6: Habitat and niche

Wk 7: Life history

Wk 8: Describing populations

Wk 9: Population growth

Wk 10: Population regulation

Wk 11: Metapopulations

Wk 12: Competition

Wk 13: Predation

Wk 14: Mutualism

Wk 15: Ecological communities

Wk 16: Community Dynamics

Wk 17: Ecosystem energetics

Wk 18: Decomposition-nutrient cycling

Wk 19: Biogeochemical cycles

Wk 20: Carbon cycle

Wk 21: Nitrogen cycle

Keys (posted after due in lecture)

Wk 1: The nature of ecology (key)

Wk 2: Earth's climate system I (key)

Wk 3: Earth's climate system II (key)

Wk 4: Evolutionary ecology I (key)

Wk 5: Evolutionary ecology II (key)

Wk 6: Habitat and niche (key)

Wk 7: Life history (key)

Wk 8: Describing populations (key)

Wk 9: Population growth (key)

Wk 10: Population regulation (key)

Wk 11: Metapopulations (key)

Wk 12: Competition (key)

Wk 13: Predation (key)

Wk 14: Mutualism (key)

Wk 15: Ecological communities (key)

Wk 16: Community Dynamics (key)

Wk 17: Ecosystem energetics (key)

Wk 18: Decomposition-nutrient cycling (key)

Wk 19: Biogeochemical cycling (key)

Wk 20: Carbon cycle (key)

Wk 21: Nitrogen cycle (key)