Dr. Rabenold's Courses

BIOL 483: CONSERVATION BIOLOGY

This course provides an introduction to the application of ecological principles and research to environmental issues and conservation policy. It introduces fundamental ecological theory and empiricism, and demonstrates their application to practical issues concerning effects of environmental change, at each level of organization from the individual to the ecosystem. It emphasizes the interplay of theoretical models, observation and experimentation in testing principles, and practical limitations in their application to environmental management or restoration. New developments will be stressed, along with the prognosis for advancement of the field in the face of complexities like interactions among processes at different levels of organization. Whole-biosphere crises, such as global warming, and biogeographical patterns of diversity and productivity, are umbrella issues for more focused integrations of ecological knowledge centered at the population level. Understanding the determinants of stability of natural systems is critical. For instance, while an appreciation for the global extinction crisis and the geography of biodiversity will be covered, the course focuses on particular case studies of threatened ecosystems and viability analyses of their constituent populations. Each week we integrate the historical developments of ecological principles with new tests and applications of those ideas.

BIOL 286: INTRODUCTION TO ECOLOGY
Interactions between the biotic and abiotic components of natural systems. The process of natural selection and how it affects adaptive change in ecological systems. Ecological principles associated with individuals, populations, communities, and ecosystems.

BIOL 287: LABORATORY IN INTRODUCTION TO ECOLOGY
The lab associated with Biol 286. Includes both laboratory exercises and field trips.

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