required field trip to the Queen's University Biology Station (one full day on either September 21, 22, 28* raindate 29th*) ESTIMATED COST: 50$
An introduction to the major ecological concepts at the scales of individual life history, population, community and ecosystem. This includes population growth and regulation, species interactions, and reproductive and life history strategies, community structure, biogeographic patterns and energy flow. Emphasis is placed on an interpretation of patterns in terms of mechanisms and consequences of evolution by natural selection.
Textbook: Ecology: The Economy of Nature, 7th Canadian Edition.
Ecology is the study of general principles concerning the
interactions between organisms and their physical and
biological environments. These principles are used to
interpret patterns in the abundance, distribution, and
diversity of organisms, taxa, biomass, and productivity in
both space and time. These interpretations form the
scientific basis for:
-predicting the consequences of environmental change on ecosystems
-management strategies for preventing or minimizing the loss of
ecosystem services threatened by human activities or environmental
-management strategies for manipulating natural systems to yield
sustainable net benefits to society