A study of the biological, physical, and chemical interactions that determine the structure and function of marine ecosystems, with an emphasis on North Atlantic communities. The laboratory will consist of a field component, with the goal of developing field and independent research skills. One day trip on a weekend to the coast for all students.
Prerequisite: Biology 164, and either Biology 271 or Environmental Studies 271. Fall 2019
BI 398 Advanced Community Ecology
Explores the interactions between organisms that drive the diversity and dynamics of the natural world. We'll use published case studies of terrestrial, marine, aquatic, and microbial ecosystems to learn the fundamental principles of community ecology. Students will learn to evaluate and critique the scientific literature by working through multiple historical and contemporary debates that are central to the field. Further, we will use openly-accessible ecological data to develop quantitative analysis skills and derive new insights to these debated theories.
Prerequisite:Biology 271 or Environmental Studies 271. Spring 2020