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December 13, 2022

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Description

We will cover fundamentals of ecology, considering Earth as an integrated dynamic system

Topics include coevolution of the biosphere, geosphere, atmosphere and oceans; photosynthesis and respiration; the hydrologic, carbon and nitrogen cycles. We will examine the flow of energy and materials through ecosystems; regulation of the distribution and abundance of organisms; structure and function of ecosystems, including evolution and natural selection; metabolic diversity; productivity; trophic dynamics; models of population growth, competition, mutualism and predation. This course is designated as Communication-Intensive; instruction and practice in oral and written communication provided. Biology is a recommended prerequisite.

Course Curriculum

  • Introduction: what is ecology? Unlimited
  • How to be alive/thermodynamics of life Unlimited
  • Redox handout Unlimited
  • Photosynthesis handout Unlimited
  • CI lecture: getting started with the term project Unlimited
  • Primary productivity I and II Unlimited
  • Biogeochemical cycles Unlimited
  • Limiting factors and Redfield Unlimited
  • Ecosystem experiments/geoengineering Unlimited
  • Secondary productivity/food webs Unlimited
  • Population growth Unlimited
  • Chemostats/life tables Unlimited
  • Competition and the niche Unlimited
  • Predation/symbiosis/mutualism Unlimited

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