Undergraduate Ecology, Evolution, & Natural Resources Courses

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Fall 11:216 (704):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

11:216 (704):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 (704):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 (704):217. PRINCIPLES OF NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT (3 cr)
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 (704):240. EVOLUTION OF ANIMAL BEHAVIOR (3 cr)   course website syllabus lecture 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 (704):269. EVOLUTION OF ANIMAL BEHAVIOR (3 cr)   course website syllabus lecture 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 (704):272. DENDROLOGY (4 cr) syllabus lecture schedule lab 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 (704):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 (704):324. INVERTEBRATE ZOOLOGY (4 cr)
Instructor: Dr. Karl Kjer
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 (704):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 (704):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 (704):365. ARBORICULTURE (4 cr) ~Taught on Even-numbered Years~
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 (704):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 (704):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 (704):411. PLANT DIVERSITY AND  EVOLUTION (4 cr)   syllabus  schedule
Instructor: Dr. Lena Struwe
Pre-Requisite(s):
01:119:102 OR 01:119:116
Two 80-min. lecs., lab. 3 hrs.

An overview of the evolution and diversity of vascular plants, from ferns to conifers and flowering plants. Field identification, morphology, principles of classification, and basic concepts in evolutionary research.
Fall

11:216 (704):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 (704):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 (704):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 (704):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 (704):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 (704):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 (704):456. TREES AND THE ENVIRONMENT (3 cr) ~Taught on Odd-numbered Year~
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 (704):461. FIELD ECOLOGY (2 cr)
Instructor: Dr. David Ehrenfeld
Pre-Requisite(s):
11:704:351
One 320-min. lab.

Concepts of ecological organization developed through field experience in the principal habitat types of New Jersey. Emphasis on field application of ecological knowledge.
Fall

11:216 (704):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 (704):483. 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 (704):499. SENIOR CAPSTONE (1 cr) syllabus
Instructor: Drs. Dan Canveau & David Ehrenfeld
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
11:372:232. 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
11:372:233. FUNDAMENTALS OF ENVIRONMENTAL GEOMATICS LAB (1 cr)
Instructor:
Pre-Requisite(s):
One 3-hr lab
.

Lab is optional, but taking both courses satisfies the Computer Competency Requirement. There are also 11:372:3XX courses that can serve as 704 electives. Discuss these with your advisor.
Winter

11:216 (704):475. WINTER FIELD ECOLOGY (P/NC 1 cr)  syllabus
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 (704):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
(SAS core)

11:216 (704):101. INTRODUCTION TO ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION (3 cr)*  website  syllabus 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 (704):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.
Spring 11:216 (704):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 (704):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 (704):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 (704):317. CONSERVATION ECOLOGY (3 cr) course website
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 (704):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 (704):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 (704):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 (704):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 (704):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 704 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 (704):369. ANALYTICAL METHODS ECOLOGY, EVOLUTION & NATURAL RESOURCES (3 cr)
Instructor: Dr. Edwin Green
Pre-Requisite(s): 01:960:401
Open only to 704 majors.
 

Cross listed with 11:372:369
Spring

11:216 (704):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 (704):405. EVOLUTION OF INFECTIOUS DISEASE (3 cr) ~Taught on Odd-numbered Year~
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 (704):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 (704):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 (704):441. ANIMAL BEHAVIOR (3 cr)
Instructor: Dr. Brooke Maslo
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)
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 (704):468. CHINA'S ECOLOGICAL, AGRICULTURAL & ENVIRONMENTAL CHALLENGES AND GLOBAL IMPACTS (3 cr)
Instructor: Dr. Ming Xu
Pre-Requisite(s):

Two 80-min. lec.

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 (704):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 (704):483. RESEARCH PROBLEMS APPLIED ECOLOGY (BA)
Instructor:
Pre-Requisite(s):
Permission of advisor. 

Research projects in ecology, evolution & natural resources under the guidance of faculty members.
Spring

11:216 (704):486. PRINCIPLES OF EVOLUTION (3 cr)
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
(2013)

11:216 (704):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
(2013)

11:216 (704):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
(2013)

11:216 (704):499. SENIOR CAPSTONE (1 cr) syllabus
Instructor: Drs. Dan Canveau & David Ehrenfeld
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 (704):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 (704):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 (704):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

11:372:232. FUNDAMENTALS OF ENVIRONMENTAL GEOMATICS (3 cr) syllabus
Instructor(s): Dr. Marci Meixler
Pre-Requisite(s): online course

This course is an introduction to the 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.

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