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Fall 11:216:104. TOPICS IN ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION (1 cr) syllabus
Instructor: Dr. Julie Lockwood
Pre-Requisite(s): None
One 80-min. lec.

Not open to seniors. Seminar-type presentations by faculty members in the ecology and natural resources curriculum designed to introduce students to the curriculum's faculty and their areas of experience in conducting research and applying their research findings, and the importance of their research to society.
Fall
(SEBS/SAS core)
11:216:110. EVOLUTION, DISEASE AND MEDICINE (3 cr)* syllabus
Instructor: Dr. Nina Fefferman
Pre-Requisite(s): None
Lec. 3 hrs.

Together with 119:101 will fulfill the non-science majors SEBS Life Science requirement. Basic concepts in the theory of evolution will be introduced and applied in the context of discussion of human and animal disease and the medical treatment thereof.  The course will cover infectious and non-infectious diseases and real-world applications of evolutionary theory to the practice of medicine.

*This course meets the Core Curriculum requirement for Natural Sciences [NS].  On completion, students will be able to understand and apply basic principles and concepts in the physical or biological sciences, and also to explain and be able to assess the relationship among assumptions, method, evidence, arguments, and theory in scientific analysis.
Fall 11:216:211. THE NATURAL RESOURCE PROFESSIONS (P/NC 1 cr)
Instructor: Dr. Edwin Green
Pre-Requisite(s): None
One 80-min. lec.

Open only to students in professional resource management; others by permission of instructor. Survey of the profession of wildlife, forestry, and fishery. Guest lectures, class discussion, and field experience.
Fall 11:216:217. PRINCIPLES OF NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT (3 cr) syllabus
Instructor: Dr. Rick Lathrop
Pre-Requisite(s): None
Lec. 3 hrs.

This course will introduce students to the applied discipline of natural resource management. This course will examine the principles of natural resource management through the lens of applying science and values to real world issues. After building on a foundation of key concepts, the course will use the Rutgers University Ecological Preserve as a real-life case study. Students will undertake field surveys/monitoring and be responsible for data collection, analysis and archiving.
Fall 11:216:240. BEHAVIORAL BIOLOGY (4 cr)   course website   syllabus
Instructor: Dr. Joanna Burger
Pre-Requisite(s): 01:119:102 OR 01:119:116
Two 80-min. lecs & one 80 min. rec.

Basic principles of animal behavior, including social behavior, animal communication, and physiological mechanisms underlying behavior. Topics include ethology, aggression, displays and communication, territoriality, and ethological view of human behavior. Motion pictures observe the behavior of fish, birds, reptiles, and primates.
Fall 11:216:269. EVOLUTION OF ANIMAL BEHAVIOR (3 cr)   course websitesyllabus/lec schedule
Instructor: Dr. Suzanne Sukhdeo & Dr. Michael Sukhdeo
Pre-Requisite(s): 01:119:102, OR 01:119:116, OR 01:119:103 OR 11:704:101.
One Lec. 3 hrs.


Broad exposure to evolutionary theory and natural selection using examples from animal behavior. Not intended to be comprehensive in either evolutionary theory or in animal behavior, but rather to engender understanding of the principles of evolution, the basic terms and concepts in animal behavior, and the evolutionary and ecological processes that shape it.
Fall 11:216:272. DENDROLOGY (4 cr) syllabuslecture schedulelab schedule
Instructor: Dr. Mark Vodak
Pre-Requisite(s): 01:119:102 OR 01:119:116
One 80-min. lec., one 280-min. lab.. Not open to first-year students.

Nomenclature, identification, ranges, and habitats of important native and naturalized trees of North America. Shrubs and vines important as wildlife food and cover. Forest regions and types, emphasizing the Middle Atlantic area.
Fall 11:216:302. PARASITE ECOLOGY (4 cr)  syllabus
Instructor: Dr. Michael Sukhdeo
Pre-Requisite(s): 01:119:102 OR 01:119:116
Two 80-min. lecs. 

The ecology and evolution of animal parasites, focusing on the ecology of disease, transmission dynamics, and parasite roles in community regulation and conservation biology.
Fall 11:216:324. INVERTEBRATE ZOOLOGY (4 cr) syllabus
Instructor: Dr. Kim Russell
Pre-Requisite(s): 01:119:102 OR 01:119:116
Lec. 3 hrs., lab. 3 hrs.

Comparative study of representative non-vertebrates as a basis for understanding the diversity of animal life. The interrelationship between the structure of organisms and their evolutionary relationships will be covered.
Fall 11:216:332. PLANT ECOLOGY (4 cr)  syllabus
Instructor: Dr. Steven Handel
Pre(Co)-Requisite(s): 01:119:102 OR 01:119:116 & 117 and a course in organismic biology (some aspect of botany or zoology)
Lec. 3 hrs., lab. 3 hrs., field trips.

Study of plant life histories, populations, communities, and plant-animal interactions (pollination, dispersal, herbivory). Evolutionary basis for plant ecological traits. Weekly field trips to representative habitats in the state. Lab includes greenhouse, field experiments, greenhouse collection, and "tweet" reports as well as the field trips and an exploration of plant biodiversity of the region.
Fall 11:216:360. ANIMAL PHYSIOLOGICAL ECOLOGY (3 cr) syllabus
Instructor: Dr. Henry John-Alder
Pre-Requisite(s): 01:119:102 OR 01:119:116 & 117
Two 80-min. lecs.

The course addresses physiological topics from the perspectives of comparative, ecological, environmental, evolutionary, integrative, and organismal issues. Objectives are to understand: the diversity of life, with a particular focus on physiological functions that allow animals to live and thrive in in a range of environments; the breadth of the discipline of physiology and the importance of integrating physiology with ecology and behavior, and with cellular and molecular biology; and that evolution is the ‘fabric’ or biology.
Fall 11:216:365. ARBORICULTURE (4 cr) ~Taught on Even-numbered Years~ syllabus
Instructor: Dr. Jason Grabosky
Pre-Requisite(s): 01:119:102 OR 01:119:116
Two 80-min. lecs, one 80-min lab.


This course considers the relationship of tree biology and management of trees in the developed landscape. Field exercises will compliment lectures for practical applications. We will discuss the theory and practice of managing individual tress in developed landscape and field assignments provide hands-on and realistic perspectives in the practice of professional tree care.
Fall 11:216:371. INTRODUCTION TO REMOTE SENSING IMAGE ANALYSIS (3 cr) syllabus
Instructor: Dr. Rick Lathrop
Pre-Requisite(s):
Two 80-min. lecs.


This course will introduce students to the principles of visual interpretation, taking simple measurements and mapping from aerial photographs and remotely sensed imagery for environmental applications. The course will be a mix of lecture and hands-on labs.
Fall 11:216:401. EVOLUTION OF EUKARYOTES (3 cr)   syllabus     
Instructor: Dr. Lena Struwe & Dr. Debashish Bhattacharya
Pre-Requisite(s):
01:119:102 OR 01:119:116 AND 11:704:251 or equivalent
Two 80-min. lecs.

This course will discuss the recent advances in our understanding of eukaryote origins and evolution. Phylogenetics, genomics, the role of horizontal gene transfers and the endosymbiotic origin of mitochondrion and plastid are some of the issues that will be examined in detail as they relate to ecology and evolution of eukaryotic organisms.
Fall 11:216:406. SPECIAL TOPICS IN EENR - HUMAN EVOLUTIONARY GENETICS (4 cr)   syllabus     
Instructor: Dr. Robert Trivers
Pre-Requisite(s):
01:119:102 OR 01:119:116
One Lec. 3 hrs.

This course will introduce students to the recent explosion of research on human genomics. The format of the course will be a 3-hour seminar with discussion of assigned papers.
Fall 11:216:411. PLANT DIVERSITY AND  EVOLUTION (3 cr)   syllabus/lec schedule
Instructor: Dr. Lena Struwe
Pre-Requisite(s):
01:119:102 OR 01:119:116
Two 80-min. lecs.

This class explores the origin and diversification of land plants, especially flowering plants with ethnobotanical uses. Topics include plant identification and nomenclature, botanical accuracy of medicinal plants, edible and toxic plants, evolutionary biosprospecting, reproductive biology of plants, and phylogenetics. Class includes fieldtrips, hands-on and independent projects, use of online tools, and class discussions.
Fall 11:216:412. PLANT DIVERSITY AND  EVOLUTION LAB (1 cr)   syllabus
Instructor: Dr. Lena Struwe
Pre-Requisite(s):
01:119:102 OR 01:119:116
One Lab. 3 hrs.

This companion lab to the lecture class emphasizes learning species and family plant identification, understanding macroevolutionary patterns of global plant diversity, and learning biodocumentation and plant collecting for inventories and scientific plant research.  Class includes fieldtrips, independent projects, use of online tools, and hands-on lab activities.
Fall 11:216:416. ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION (3 cr)   syllabus
Instructor: Dr. Rebecca Jordan
Pre-Requisite(s):
01:119:102 OR 01:119:116
Lec. 3 hrs.

An opportunity to foster ideas and discussion about environmental and scientific literacy while developing plans to target and assess learning goals for all audiences.
Fall 11:216:421. WETLAND ECOLOGY (3 cr) ~Taught on Odd-numbered Years~ syllabus
Instructor: Dr. Marci Meixler
Pre-Requisite(s): 11:704:351 or equivalent
Lec. 3 hrs.

An overview of the ecology, management, and function of wetlands. Current issues of wetland management and biological features of wetlands will be covered through classroom exercises and case studies.
Fall 11:216:431. FUNDAMENTALS OF ECOLOGICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL MODELING (4 cr)  ~Taught on Odd-numbered Years~
Instructor: Dr. Ming Xu
Prerequisites: CALC1, statistics, or permission of instructor.
Two 80-min. lecs.

This course will review the background mathematical and statistical tools necessary for students interested in pursuing ecological and environmental modeling, and will discuss general model formulation, validation, hypothesis testing, non-linear phenomena, and forecasting. Topics include linear algebra, differential equations, statistical tools, regression and curve fitting, box models, and population dynamics models.
Fall 11:216:440. PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE IN ECOLOGY, EVOLUTION AND NATURAL RESOURCES (BA)
Instructor:
Pre-Requisite(s):
Permission of advisor.

Practical exp. will be divided into Section 01 for hands-on experience in ecology, evolution & natural resources under the guidance of faculty members. Section 02 is for student TA who will assist/teach a lab section of a course under the guidance of faculty members.
Fall 11:216:450.LANDSCAPE ECOLOGY (3 cr)  ~Taught on Even-numbered Years~ syllabus
Instructor: Dr. Marci Meixler
Pre-Requisite(s):
Permission of advisor.

Landscape ecology is a sub-discipline of ecology, focusing on spatial relationships and the interactions between patterns and process. This hybrid course is a lab-based, project-focused, comprehensive introduction to the field.  Emphasis is on hands-on practical experience with landscape analysis tools, modeling and theory.
Fall 11:216:451. GLOBAL CHANGE ECOLOGY (3 cr) ~Taught on Even-numbered Years~ syllabus
Instructor: Dr. Ming Xu
Pre-Requisite(s):
11:704:351 or equ.
Given alternate years (2012) (fulfills SEBS Jr./Sr. Colloquium requirement)
Lec. 3 hrs.

Analysis of the major global changes based on principles of ecosystems ecology; carbon, nutrient, and pollution cycling mechanisms and budgets; the methods used to study these phenomena.
Fall 11:216:454. MOLECULAR ECOLOGY (3 cr) syllabus
Instructor: Dr. Malin Pinsky
Pre-Requisite(s):
01:119:102, OR 01:119:116
Two 80-min. lecs.

This course will explore how new tools from genetics and genomics are revolutionizing our understanding of ecology. We will learn how to use DNA to infer behavior, kinship, historical demography, dispersal patterns, natural selection, community composition, and conservation genetics, among other topics. The emphasis of the course will be on giving students the theoretical understanding and practical skills they need to apply these cutting-edge tools themselves.
Fall 11:216:456. TREES AND THE ENVIRONMENT (3 cr) ~Taught on Odd-numbered Year~ syllabus
Instructor: Dr. Jason Grabosky
Pre-Requisite(s):
11:704:272
Lec. 3 hrs.

This course explores the relationship of tree biology, anatomy and morphology with consideration of the environmental factors influencing the occurrence, structure and function of species and communities of trees. We will discuss implications for management, associated aspects of forest ecology and linkages of major North American forest types to varied environmental loadings and climatic shifts over time. As much time as possible will be spent outside at varied sites around Rutgers New Brunswick campus.
Fall 11:216:464. WILDLIFE ECOLOGY AND CONSERVATION (4 cr)  syllabus
Instructor: Dr. Brooke Maslo
Pre-Requisite(s): 11:704:351

One 80-min. lec., one 280-min. lab.

Quantitative analysis and understanding of the ecology, management, and conservation of game and non-game wildlife (terrestrial and aquatic). Population censusing and dynamics, harvesting, habitat requirements and fragmentation, conservation genetics, and managing protected areas.
Fall 11:216:484. RESEARCH PROBLEMS ECOLOGY, EVOLUTION AND NATURAL RESOURCES (BA)
Instructor:
Pre-Requisite(s):
Permission of advisor. 

Research projects in ecology, evolution or natural resources under the guidance of faculty members.
Fall 11:216:499. SENIOR CAPSTONE (1 cr) syllabus
Instructor: Drs. David Ehrenfeld & Kim Russell
Pre-Requisite(s): EENR students only.


This course will help you review, synthesize and articulate your academic and professional experience. In addition, Senior Capstone will help prepare you for the transition into the real world of finding jobs and dealing with llife after graduation.
Fall
11:573:232. FUNDAMENTALS OF ENVIRONMENTAL GEOMATICS (3 cr)
Instructor:
Pre-Requisite(s):
Two 80-min. lecs.


New technologies to make better use of geospatial data for environmental and natural resource analysis and management. Basic concepts, definitions, and examples of different applications used in an environmental planning and management context.
Fall
11:573:233. FUNDAMENTALS OF ENVIRONMENTAL GEOMATICS LAB (1 cr)
Instructor:
Pre-Requisite(s):
One 3-hr lab
.

This laboratory course is required for the 216 majors.
Winter 11:216:475. WINTER FIELD ECOLOGY (P/NC 1 cr)  syllabus NOT TAUGHT JAN. 2016
Instrctor: Dr. Richard Lathrop
Pre-Requisite(s):
Permission of instructor.

A one-week, off-campus field experience in January, exploring the adaptations of temperate plants and animals to the harshness of winter.
Winter 11:216:484. RESEARCH PROBLEMS IN APPLIED ECOLOGY (BA)
Instructor:
Pre-Requisite(s):
Permission of advisor. 

Research projects in applied ecology under the guidance of faculty members.
Spring
(SEBS/SAS core)
11:216:101. INTRODUCTION TO ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION (3 cr)*  websitesyllabus/lec schedule
Instructor: Dr. Suzanne Sukhdeo
Pre-Requisite(s): None (SAS Core Curriculum course)
Two 80-min. lecs. 

This course provides the basic foundations for understanding evolutionary and ecological processes.  The course covers natural selection, basic evolutionary theories, human evolution, population ecology, community ecology, biodiversity, biogeochemical cycling, global climate, and conservation biology.

*This course meets the Core Curriculum requirement for Natural Sciences [NS].  On completion, students will be able to understand and apply basic principles and concepts in the physical or biological sciences, and also to explain and be able to assess the relationship among assumptions, method, evidence, arguments, and theory in scientific analysis.
Spring 11:216:251. FUNDAMENTALS OF EVOLUTION (3 cr) syllabus
Instructor: Dr. Lena Struwe & Dr. Siobain Duffy
Pre-Requisite(s):01:119:102 OR 01:119:116
Two 80-min. lecs.

The course will introduce students to the breadth of evolutionary biology, from micro to macroevolution, and cover topics from molecular evolution to the fossil record. Through lectures and readings, students will gain a basic and fundamental understanding of the evolutionary forces that have shaped all life on earth.
Spring 11:216:252. FUNDAMENTALS OF EVOLUTION LAB (1 cr) syllabus
Instructor: Dr. Lena Struwe & Dr. Siobain Duffy
Pre-Requisite(s):01:119:102 OR 01:119:116
Co-requisite: 11:704:251.
One 3-hr. lab.


The Fundamentals of Evolution Lab provides students with hands-on experiences related to generation, analysis, and evaluation of evolutionary data, from populations to macroevolution.  Skills developed in the lab include DNA extraction, PCR, sequence alignment and phylogenetic analysis, DNA barcoding, population genetics calculations, and many other aspects of evolutionary research.
Spring 11:216:274. FIELD TECHNIQUES (4 cr)
Instructor: Dr. Edwin Green & Dr. Rick Lathrop
Pre-Requisite(s): 11:704:272
One 80-min. lec. & Two weeks of field work. 

One lecture per week followed by a two week field course; the latter runs 5 days a week, all day for two weeks following the close of the Spring semester (starting on a Monday). Students are immersed in two different ecosystems and learn fundamental aspects of forestry, field ecology, wildlife biology, entomology, remote sensing, and natural resource management.
Spring 11:216:317. CONSERVATION ECOLOGY (3 cr) syllabus/lec schedule
Instructor: Dr. David Ehrenfeld
Pre-requisite(s): 01:119:102 OR 01:119:116 OR equivalent, and permission of instructor.
Lec. 3 hrs.
 

Effects of technology and population growth on species, ecosystems, and human communities. Environmental impact of agricultural and industrial systems. Global environmental change. Biological and social underpinnings of conservation. Extensive scientific and nonscientific readings.
Spring 11:216:323. ORNITHOLOGY (4 cr)
Instructor: TBA
Pre-Requisite(s): 01:119:102 OR 01:119:116 & 117
Two 80-min. lecs.., lab. 3 hrs. Weekly field trips and two all-day field trips.

The biology, ecology, and field identification of birds of the region.
Spring 11:216:325. VERTEBRATE ZOOLOGY (4 cr) syllabus
Instructor: Dr. Julie Lockwood
Pre-Requsite(s):
01:119:102 OR 01:119:116 & 117
Two 80-min. lecs., lab. 3 hrs. Seven field trips required, including one two-day weekend trip and one evening trip.


The classification, evolution, ecology, and life histories of the order and families of the vertebrates, especially of the eastern United States.
Spring 11:216:335. LIMNOLOGY (4 cr) syllabus
Instructor: Dr. Marci Meixler
Pre-Requisite(s): 01:119:102 OR 01:119:116
Lec. 3 hrs., lab. 3 hrs.

Limnology is the study of inland waters including lakes, ponds, rivers and streams. Theoretical and applied aspects of limnology will be covered through lectures, classroom exercises/case studies, and labs involving several field trips.
Spring 11:216:351. PRINCIPLES OF ECOLOGY (3 cr) syllabus/lecture
Instructor: Dr. Henry John-Alder
Pre-Requisite(s): 01:119:102 OR 01:119:116 (117 can be taken concurrently)

Two 80-min. lecs., one 80-min. rec.

Concepts underlying the organization of living systems. Environmental adaptations of species, population, and community dynamics, energetics, nutrient flux. Practical applications of ecological concepts.
Spring 11:216:352. PRINCIPLES OF ECOLOGY LAB (1 cr) syllabus
Instructor: Dr. Henry John-Alder
Pre-Requisite(s): 01:119:102 OR 01:119:116 (117 can be taken concurrently)

Co-requisite: 11:704:351.
One 3-hr. lab.

This laboratory course is required for the 216 and 628 majors and is an option elective for all others.  The laboratory course does not simply reinforce the lecture course but instead extends its scope.  Principles of Ecology Lab incorporates critical analyses of seminal ecological publications and the collection, analysis, and graphical presentation of ecological data, both descriptive and experimental.  Laboratory exercises will introduce students to observational and experimental methods and procedures in ecology.
Spring 11:216:369. ANALYTICAL METHODS ECOLOGY, EVOLUTION & NATURAL RESOURCES (3 cr)
Instructor: Dr. Edwin Green
Pre-Requisite(s): 01:960:401
Open only to 704 majors.
 

Statistical concepts and related quantitative techniques for the analysis of problems in environmental and natural resource management, with emphasis on gathering, processing, and analyzing spatial information.
Spring 11:216:403. URBAN FORESTRY (3 cr)
Instructor: Dr. Jason Grabosky
Pre-Requisite(s):
11:704:272 or 11:704:456 or permission of instructor
One 80-min. lec., one 180-min. lab. 

Benefits and costs of trees, planning and design, soils, tree selection and nursery stock, IPM, composting, removal, wildlife; laws, finance, inventories, maintenance scheduling, planting. Field trips.
Spring 11:216:405. EVOLUTION OF INFECTIOUS DISEASE (3 cr) ~Taught on Odd-numbered Year~ syllabus
Instructor: Dr. Siobain Duffy
Pre-Requisite(s):
01:447:380 or equivalent or permission of instructor
Two 80-min. lecs.

This course surveys how pathogenic microorganisms have evolved, with an emphasis on understanding how the same evolutionary principles that we infer from large eukaryotic species can be concretely observed in viruses, bacteria and eukaryotic parasites.
Spring 11:216:416. ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION (3 cr)   syllabus
Instructor: Dr. Rebecca Jordan
Pre-Requisite(s):
01:119:102 OR 01:119:116
Lec. 3 hrs.

An opportunity to foster ideas and discussion about environmental and scientific literacy while developing plans to target and assess learning goals for all audiences.
Spring 11:216:428. CONVERSATIONAL MATHEMATICAL MODELING (3 cr) syllabus
Instructor: Dr. Nina Fefferman
Pre-Requisite(s):
01:119:102 OR 01:119:116
Lec. 3 hrs.

This class is a very basic introduction to the tools and prespectives with little/no math background, but who aren't scared of equations and want to see how applied math can be useful in research science.
Spring 11:216:440. PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE IN ECOLOGY, EVOLUTION & NATURAL RESOURCES (BA) Instructor:
Pre-Requisite(s):
Permission of advisor. 

Practical exp. will be divided into Section 01 for hands-on experience in ecology, evolution & natural resources under the guidance of faculty members. Section 02 is for student TA who will assist/teach a lab section of a course under the guidance of faculty members.
Spring 11:216:441. ANIMAL BEHAVIOR (3 cr)
Instructor: Dr. Kimberly Russell
Pre-Requisite(s):
01:119:102 OR 01:119:116
Two 80-min. lecs.

An understanding of animal behavior can improve such disciplines as wildlife ecology, veterinary science, conservation, wildlife management, and domestic animal production. Throughout this course, we will explore the basic principles of behavior, such as how animals defend resources, avoid predation, select mates, and care for their young. We will also study the evolutionary origins of these behaviors and review both the external stimuli and the hormonal and neural mechanisms that control them.
Spring 11:216:465. FUNDAMENTALS OF GENOMICS (3 cr) syllabus
Instructor: Dr. Debashish Bhattacharya
Pre-Requisite(s):
01:119:102 OR 01:119:116 AND 11:216:251 or 486 or 01:447:380 or 11:115:301 or 403 or 01:694:315 or 407.
Two 80-min. lec.

The new course will provide an introduction to genome science to undergraduate and graduate students with a variety of backgrounds such as microbiology, animal and plant science, and ecology/evolution who are confronted with the growing influence of this field in their work but may not be knowledgeable in its uses and limitations. The lectures will provide an overview of genomics technology and provide real-life examples in the life sciences with a particular focus on evolutionary biology. 
Spring 11:216:468. CHINA'S ECOLOGICAL, AGRICULTURAL & ENVIRONMENTAL CHALLENGES AND GLOBAL IMPACTS (3 cr)
Instructor: Dr. Ming Xu
Pre-Requisite(s):

Two 80-min. lecs.

This course will focus on major environmental and ecological issues in China in the past decades, such as pollutions, soil erosion, deforestation/reforestation, desertification and urbanization, as well as strategies to deal with the challenges. Driving forces, such as population pressure, economic growth, globalization, climate change and socio-politicial factors, will be examined through lectures and projects. The course will also introduce the growing opportunities (eg. business, private industry, academia and government agents) in environment and conservation areas.
Spring 11:216:469. WILDLIFE DISEASES (3 cr) syllabus
Instructor: Dr. Michael Sukhdeo
Pre-Requisite(s):
01:119:102 OR 01:119:116
One Lec. 3 hrs.

In this course, the diseases of wildlife will be examined with emphasis on causes and mechanisms of disease, and epidemiology and population significance of disease. The goal of the class is to provide a comprehensive and up-to-date understanding of the causes and consequences of infectious disease at the levels of whole organisms, populations, communities, and ecosystems.
Spring 11:216:474. ADVANCED REMOTE SENSING (3 cr) syllabus
Instructor: Dr. Rick Lathrop
Pre-Requisite(s):
11:216:371
Two 80-min. lecs.

Course teaches the fundamentals of digital analysis, interpretation and application of satellite remotely sensed imagery. Students will develop an understanding of digital image processing techniques and become proficient in the hands-on application of techniques using the ERDAS image processing workstations.
Spring 11:216:484. RESEARCH PROBLEMS ECOLOGY, EVOLUTION AND NATURAL RESOURCES (BA)
Instructor:
Pre-Requisite(s):
Permission of advisor.

Research projects in ecology, evolution & natural resources under the guidance of faculty members.
Spring 11:216:486. PRINCIPLES OF EVOLUTION (3 cr) syllabus
Instructor(s): Dr. Peter Smouse
Pre-Requisite(s): 01:160:161-162, 01:447:380. Not open to students who have taken 01:119:485.
Two 80-min. lec.

Theories, principles, and mechanisms of the evolution of cellular and organismic systems, with some attention to human evolutionary studies.
Spring
11:216:487. URBAN ECOLOGY (3 cr) syllabus
Instructor(s): Dr. Myla Aronson
Pre-Requisite(s): 11:704:351 OR 11:704:332
One Lec. 3 hrs.

Urban Ecology focused on the processes determining patterns of abundance and distribution of organisms in urban ecosystems, the interactions among organisms in the urban environment, the interactions between humans (and societies) and nature in urban environments, and some aspects of urban planning as it relates to ecology and the environment. We will explore the ecology of urban areas through lecture, discussion, and 2-4 field trips.
Spring
11:216:488. RESTORATION ECOLOGY(4 cr) syllabus
Instructor(s): Dr. Steven Handel
Pre-Requisite(s): 11:704:330 or 332 or 351, and one course in plant or animal organismic biology (e.g., mammology, principles of botany, insect biology, etc.)


Study of the ecological processes that underlie the re-creation of a natural community. Habitat characteristics, life histories, reproductive ecology, biological invasions, mutualism, societal laws, and attitudes toward restoration. Field trips to representative restored habitats.
Spring
11:216:499. SENIOR CAPSTONE (1 cr) syllabus
Instructor: Drs. David Ehrenfeld & Kim Russell
Pre-Requisite(s): EENR students only.


This course will help you review, synthesize and articulate your academic and professional experience. In addition, Senior Capstone will help prepare you for the transition into the real world of finding jobs and dealing with llife after graduation.
Summer 11:216:251. FUNDAMENTALS OF EVOLUTION (3 cr) syllabus
Instructor: tba
Pre-Requisite(s):01:119:102 OR 01:119:116
Two 80-min. lecs.

The course will introduce students to the breadth of evolutionary biology, from micro to macroevolution, and cover topics from molecular evolution to the fossil record. Through lectures and readings, students will gain a basic and fundamental understanding of the evolutionary forces that have shaped all life on earth.
Summer 11:216:320. SUSTAINABLE ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT (3 cr) syllabus
Instructor(s): Dr. Marci Meixler
Pre-Requisite(s):

Sustainable environmental management is the dominant economic, environmental and social issue of the 21st century. This course will use online materials (articles, papers, podcasts, video, etc.) to examine controversial topics like climate change, natural gas drilling, renewable energy, and others. Discussions will provide a forum for debate and further examination of the issues.
Summer 11:216:323. ORNITHOLOGY (4 cr)
Instructor: TBA
Pre-Requisite(s): 01:119:102 OR 01:119:116 & 117
Four 2-hr & 25-min. lecs/labs. Weekly field trips and two all-day field trips.

The biology, ecology, and field identification of birds of the region.
Summer 11:216:351. PRINCIPLES OF ECOLOGY (3 cr) syllabus/lecture
Instructor: Dr. Maria Stanko
Pre-Requisite(s): 01:119:102 OR 01:119:116 (117 can be taken concurrently)

Four 110-min. lecs.

Concepts underlying the organization of living systems. Environmental adaptations of species, population, and community dynamics, energetics, nutrient flux. Practical applications of ecological concepts.
Summer 11:216:352. PRINCIPLES OF ECOLOGY LAB (1 cr) syllabus
Instructor: Dr. Maria Stanko
Pre-Requisite(s): 01:119:102 OR 01:119:116 (117 can be taken concurrently)

Co-requisite: 11:704:351.
Two 80-min. lab.

This laboratory course is required for the 216 and 628 majors and is an option elective for all others.  The laboratory course does not simply reinforce the lecture course but instead extends its scope.  Principles of Ecology Lab incorporates critical analyses of seminal ecological publications and the collection, analysis, and graphical presentation of ecological data, both descriptive and experimental.  Laboratory exercises will introduce students to observational and experimental methods and procedures in ecology.
Summer 11:216:440. PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE IN ECOLOGY, EVOLUTION & NATURAL RESOURCES (BA) Instructor:
Pre-Requisite(s):
Permission of advisor. 

Practical exp. will be divided into Section 01 for hands-on experience in ecology, evolution & natural resources under the guidance of faculty members. Section 02 is for student TA who will assist/teach a lab section of a course under the guidance of faculty members.
Summer 11:216:470. CONSERVATION TECHNIQUES (3 cr) syllabus
Instructor(s): Dr. Marci Meixler
Pre-Requisite(s):

This course is an introduction to the application of conservation and management theory. Online lecture material will present the principles and review the methods used for each approach. Case studies will illustrate how conservation actions were developed and applied. Discussions will evaluate the merits and limitations for each approach in theory and practice.
Summer 11:216:484. RESEARCH PROBLEMS ECOLOGY, EVOLUTION AND NATURAL RESOURCES (BA)
Instructor:
Pre-Requisite(s):
Permission of advisor.

Research projects in ecology, evolution & natural resources under the guidance of faculty members.
Summer 11:573:232. FUNDAMENTALS OF ENVIRONMENTAL GEOMATICS (3 cr) syllabus
Instructor: Dr. Marci Meixler
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Geomatics is the integration of geographic information systems, remote sensing, and global navigation systems, all put to use for the purpose of spatial analysis.  Fundamentals of Environmental Geomatics is designed to introduce undergraduate students to the concepts, technologies and techniques that allow us to collect, manage, analyze and represent spatial information for a wide variety of applications. Students majoring in landscape architecture, ecology, urban studies, environmental science and a variety of other disciplines will benefit from this course. The course is designed to provide the foundation for advanced course work and is a requirement for the Geomatics Certificate.