A look into the behavior, ecology and evolution of birds. This course will provide you with theoretical and hands-on experiences in the Lab and in the Field. Half of the semester is spent in the Field learning about bird identification, natural history and ecology. These experiences are emphasized during the later portion of the spring, including early morning field trips.
Focuses on ecological topics that are exemplified in the tropics: species diversity, habitat diversity and conservation. Includes guest lectures, field projects, scientific journaling and an expedition to a tropical site in Peru or Ecuador (Amazonia or the Galapagos Islands) for an exciting immersion into the natural history of the tropics.
An introduction to the evolutionary and ecological processes that promote the diversity of animal behaviors found in nature. Topics include development of behavior, biological rythms, the evolution of foraging behavior, reproductive behavior, mating systems, parental care and more. Students design and conduct their own scientific investigations.
This course is designed to provide basic and integrative knowledge of GIS theory and its applications in biology, ecology and conservation using the existing state-of-the-art software: ArcGIS. The course will cover basic GIS concepts such as mapping, projections, geo-referencing and spatial analysis. Students constantly apply spatial analytical tools to address questions, solve problems and complete independent projects in and outside the classroom.
A discussion-based course investigating the impacts humans have on biodiversity and measures used to mitigate them. Conservation biology is a value-laden, crisis-driven discipline. We explore conservation law, ethics and ecological economics alongside with extinction, rarity and their causes. We look into the establishment, management and restoration of protected areas, and sustainability.
An introduction to the study of the interrelationships among organisms and their physical and biotic environments. Topics include natural selection and adaptation, population growth and regulation, competition, predation, mutualism, productivity, energy flow and nutrient cycling. Emphasizes doing hands-on scientific research and problem solving using the primary ecological literature. Lab.
"Tell me and I'll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I'll understand" Chinese proverb.