In the sciences, discovery is often preceded by a line of inquiry known as the scientific method. This includes observation, hypothesis generation, experimental design, data analysis and hypothesis acceptance or rejection. Community members often observe problems that they hope research can help address, thereby participating in the scientific method by introducing the problem.
Why do plants and animals live where they do and how will they respond to increasing anthropogenic pressures? This course will explore scientific approaches to untangle the dynamic interactions between geologic features, human impacts, climate, and biodiversity. In it, we will use real data to examine the fundamental principles of landscape ecology and biogeography and their applications to conservation practices. The course will consist of 2 hours of lectures and 3 hours of lab per week.
Ecology (2335) is a traditional course where students work on applied problems, including those associated with climate change, invasive species, overexploitation etc. The focus is on the ecological concepts, looking at either sustainability or community, with reference to the other, through units, labs, assignments, and activities.