Physiological Ecology, Bio 31

Course Description
What factors determine the distribution and abundance of organisms? This course is an exploration of environmental effects on fundamental physiological processes in plants and animals. Abiotic factors such as temperature and water availability interact with biotic forces such as predation, herbivory, and competition to constrain the ability of organisms to survive, grow, and reproduce. Physiological solutions that allow success in one environment may preclude it in another. This course seeks to build up from physiological principles to understand characteristics of populations, communities, and ecosystems. Laboratories will challenge students to generate and test their own hypotheses using contemporary theoretical frameworks and modern research apparatus.

Course structure: Lectures, weekly laboratory, weekend field trip, independent research project.
Prerequisites: One of Bio 12-16.

Textbooks: Heinrich, B. 2003. Winter World: The Ingenuity of Animal Survival. Harper-Collins, New York.
Supplmenental (not required): Willmer, P., G. Stone, and I Johnston. 2004. Environmental Physiology of Animals, 2nd Edition. Wiley-Blackwell. Lamber, H., F.S. Chapin, III, and T.L. Pons. 2008. Plant Physiological Ecology. 2nd Edition. Springer-Verlag, New York. Schmidt-Nielson, K. 1997. Animal Physiology: Adaptation and Environment. 5th edition. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

Schedule: Spring of odd-numbered years. Lectures 10A; Laboratory to be arranged.
Distributives: SLA. Instructor: Ayres


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