Courses

BIO 2227:  Principles of Ecology

The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of ecology from the level of individual organisms to populations, communities, ecosystems and the biosphere. It examines the physical, chemical, and biological components of ecological interactions, and includes terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. Lectures will emphasize: 1) terminology and basic themes of ecology and evolution; 2) understanding of the scientific process; 3) synthesis of subdisciplines in ecology and hierarchical processes; and 4) application of these themes.

This course is team-taught with two instructors and is required for all undergraduate Biology and Environmental Science majors.

BIO 3275/5275: Ecology of Invasive Species

Species that are transported by humans from their native range and successfully establish and spread in a new environment are called invasive species.  Invasive species can cause significant ecological and economic impacts and are a growing threat to native species and ecosystems across the globe.  Recognition of this problem has led to a recent surge in research on invasive species and a better understanding of the ecology of invasions and approaches for improved prevention and control.  Yet many challenges still hinder scientific and applied advancements in this emerging field.  In this course we will investigate these challenges and the science of invasive species using interactive activities and student-driven projects.

This course is cross-listed offering credit to both graduate and upper-level undergraduate students.

Bio 3321/5321:  Plant Community Ecology

This class focuses on fundamental principles in community ecology as they relate to plant systems.  The scope of the class ranges from plant-environment interactions and species interactions, to the relationship among communities at larger spatial scales.   Lectures and small group discussions will also highlight theoretical and empirical advances made in ecology through classic and contemporary studies of plant communities.

This course is cross-listed offering credit to both graduate and upper-level undergraduate students.