This version of Bio 21/51 was last offered in 2010. Other outstanding versions continue to be offered in the Fall of odd-numbered years.
This course explores the description of populations (abundance,
dispersion, mortality, recruitment, and life tables), population growth
(logistic models, age-classified matrix models, and stage-classified matrix
models), and the determination of abundance (population regulation; endogenous
properties vs. exogenous forces; stability, cycles, irruptions, and chaos).
Examples will be drawn from a diversity of plant and animal taxa to illustrate
the broad scope of population ecology, including its role as a foundation
for evolutionary ecology and community ecology, and its contributions
to applied problems in conservation biology, pest management, human demography,
and the management of harvested populations. Throughout, this course will
emphasize the development of verbal, graphical, and mathematical models
to describe populations, generate predictions, test hypotheses, and formalize
theory. Students in Bio 51 and Bio 120 will have additional exercises, more extensive readings, and a term project.
“Facts without theory is chaos, but theory without facts is fantasy.”
Charles O. Whitman 1894