BI 378 Ecology
SP 2010 HO
Assistant Professor of Biology
PhD Zoology, University of Arkansas, postdoc Conservation Biology/GISMS Biology, Central Washington UniversityBA Math, BS Biology, Univ. Texas at Arlington
Mon. and Wed. 9 - 10 AM, 1 - 2 PM, Tue. and Thur. 9 - 11 AM
Jan. 11, 2010 - May 7, 2010
Lecture: M-W-F, Lab Friday
Lecture: M-W-F 11:00 - 11:50 AM, Lab: F: 1:30 - 4:20 PM
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Educational Philosophy: In this class the instructor will attempt to create an interactive learning environment based on lectures, class discussions, laboratories, exams, and various technologies. Critical thinking and skepticism are the cornerstones of science and the foundations to uncovering truth.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
Conduct scientific research and prepare a scientific paper in the specific CSE format and style defined by the instructor (e.g. Journal of Wildlife Management; link:http://www.wildlife.org/publications/index.cfm?tname=journal)that provides a new knowledge to the field of ecology or elucidates previous knowledge in ecology. The study should provide quantitative information that can be analyzed by statistical methods. The paper should be at least 10 pages in length excluding figures and literature cited. A well-defined introduction, thesis statement, methods, results, and discussion/conclusion should be written concisely and informatively. Information covered in the paper should include:
1.Description of the ecological question and the reasons it should be studied(CLO #1).
2. Adetailed description of the field, laboratory, and statistical methods used inthe study (CLO #1).
3. Aconcise report of the results that should use tables and/or figures (CLO #1).
4. Adiscussion of results that incorporates various scales (CLO #1,2,3,4):
a. population, community, ecosystem
b. geographic area (as defined by the study)
5. Adiscussion of results that interrelates several ecological theories such as(CLO # 1,2,3,4,5):
a. niche & habitat
d. life history & evolution
e. competition & predation
g. nutrient cycling
h. disturbance (includinganthropogenic influences)
i. community interactions
6.Citations from scientific journals that support a) conducting the research, b)materials and methods used, and c) conclusions made from the experiment.
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment:
Late Submission of Course Materials: Students must notify instructor in advance of any absences by phone, email, or message to the Biology Department prior to the day of class or on class day. Without prior notification of absence makeup tests will not be given.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: Cellular phones, beepers, and other communication devices must be turned off during class. In cases of special need cell phones should be set to "vibrate" and calls taken outside of class. Please inform the instructor of special circumstances under which the student might need to receive cell phone calls during class. Students suspected of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol well be reported to the Provost and VP for Academic Affairs and removed from class. Disruptive behavior will result in removal of the student from class for the day and that student receiving an absence for the day. Multiple disruptions over the semester will lead to withdrawal of the student from class by the instructor.
A research project will be required in this course. Each student will design and undertake a small study to evaluate and explore some aspect of ecological interactions involving plants or animals. Students may work in pairs on a more complex study with permission of the instructor. Results will be presented in a written report in scientific journal format and in an oral presentation before the class.
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