EEB 401 - Advanced Topics in Biology
Fall 2019, Section 004 - Functional Ecology
Instruction Mode: Section 004 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB)
Department: LSA Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
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Requirements & Distribution:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Intended for senior majors. The prerequisites will be set by the instructor as appropriate for each section.
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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The functional variation across organisms in traits such as body size, wood anatomy, or beak size has been used as a successful tool since the beginning of the ecology for understanding the mechanisms that structure populations and communities. In the last decade, this functional trait approach has seen an explosion of studies that have build a more realistic predictive framework for natural systems. This course introduces fundamental concepts of the functional ecology and discusses main challenges and potential avenues and applications to be explored in this growing field.

Goals and outcomes: 1) Critically review classical and recent theory and evidence on functional ecology. 2) Identify issues or ideas that remain to be tested. 3) Provide an overview of tools and methodologies of trait-based studies. 4) Discuss applications of functional ecology.

Intended Audience:

Students are expected to have a solid background in ecology and biology.


EEB 401 - Advanced Topics in Biology
Schedule Listing
002 (LAB)
 In Person
Note: This section meets Aug. 11 - Aug. 23 at the U-M Biological Field Station and is associated with EEB 447 (fall term on-campus lab). More info: Contact the dept. with questions.
003 (LEC)
 In Person
MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
004 (LEC)
 In Person
MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM

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