University of South Carolina        Department of Biological Sciences 
Biology 570 --- Principles of Ecology --- Fall 2014
Time: Tuesday/Thursday 1:15 - 2:30 -- 104 CLS
Dr. David Wethey -- Office: 704 EWS -- Phone: 777-3936  Email: wethey at biol.sc.edu

Date Topic Readings 
Off Campus Access
Homework  
Aug 21 Introduction / The Art of Experimental and Theoretical Ecology Exp Ecol Refs
Aug 26 Plagiarism and Scientific Misconduct Discussion Papers on Blackboard Questions on blackboard
Aug 28 Describing Populations / Life Tables

Sep 02 LC Birch Discussion "The intrinsic rate of increase of an insect population" J Anim Ecol 17:15-26 Questions on blackboard
Sep 04 Models for SingleSpecies

Sep 09 RM May Discussion "Biological populations with non-overlapping generations" Science 186: 645-647 Questions on blackboard
Sep 11 Population Regulation - Extrinsic Factors

Sep 16 Andrewartha and Davidson Discussion "Influence of rainfall etc on fluctuations in thrips" J Anim Ecol 17:200-222 Questions on blackboard
Sep 18 Interspecific Competition Experiments

 
Sep 23 Connell Discussion "The influence of interspecific competition and other factors on the distribution of the barnacle Chthamalus stellatus Ecology 42: 710-723 Questions on blackboard
Sep 25 Predator-Prey Theory  
Sep 30 Krebs Discussion: "Impact of food and predation on the snowshoe hare cycle" Science 269: 1112-1115. Questions on blackboard
 
Oct 02 MIDTERM TEST
Oct 07 Community Ecology

Oct 09 Disturbance
Oct 14 Discussion: W Sousa - The nonequilibrium maintenance of species diversity Ecology 60: 1225-1239 Questions on blackboard
Oct 16 Community Structure

Oct 21 Discussion: R T Paine: "Intertidal Community Structure" Oecologia 15:93-120 Questions on blackboard
Oct 23 FALL BREAK

Oct 28 Climate Models and Forecasts

Oct 30 Discussion: Hansen et al- Global Temperature Change PNAS 103, 14288-14293. Questions on blackboard
Nov 04 ELECTION DAY PLEASE VOTE
Nov 06 Biophysical Ecology:  Drag, Lift and Cinema    
Nov 11 Discussion: Huey et al. "Hot rocks and not-so-hot rocks: retreat site selection by garter snakes" Ecology 70: 931-944
Questions on blackboard
Nov 13 Biogeography
Nov 18 Discussion: Parmesan and Yohe - Climate change impacts across natural systems Nature 421: 37-42
Questions on blackboard
 
Nov 20 How Many People Can the Earth Support ?

 
Nov 25 Cohen Discussion - "How Many People Can the Earth Support? Science 269: 341-346 Questions on blackboard
Nov 27 THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY

 
Dec 02 Population Harvesting

Dec 04 "Worm et al discussion: Rebuilding Global Fisheries" Science 325:  578-585 Questions on blackboard
Dec 11 <>FINAL EXAM 2:00 pm  TAKE HOME

UPLOAD YOUR ANSWERS TO BLACKBOARD BEFORE 3pm DEC 11 (END OF EXAM PERIOD)



 

Grading:
100 pts - Midterm Test
100 pts - Final Exam
204 pts - Written Answers to Questions / Discussion Participation (17 pts each)
404 pts - Total
Academic integrity: read the English Department Guide to Academic Responsibility section on plagiarism and the USC Policy on Academic Responsibility. I take the issue of plagiarism very seriously and will refer cases to the office of the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. This means you must cite your sources, and you must turn in your own work, not someone else's.
Learning Outcomes: Students will learn how to evaluate the experimental and theoretical methods and data reported by environmental scientists in their published papers. Students will learn how to design experiments to test ecological hypotheses. See Biology Dept Curriculum Goals.

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