EEB 485 - Population and Community Ecology
Fall 2022, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB)
Department: LSA Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
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Requirements & Distribution:
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
May not be repeated for credit.
Rackham Information:
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Principles governing the phenomena of single and interacting populations are examined, from basic tenets to cutting-edge research questions. Population and community-level perspectives are integrated by drawing parallels between approaches and considering how to scale up from phenomena involving one or a few species to the structure and dynamics of whole communities.

Specific topics include population dynamics, life history traits and their evolution, density dependence and population regulation, species' persistence in fragmented landscapes, the basic models and concepts of interactions between two species (competition, mutualism, predator-prey and host-disease), and community-level topics such as the origins of diversity, patterns of diversity and relative abundance, mechanisms of coexistence, and the structure and stability of food web. We consider diverse approaches ranging from field experiments to mathematical theory and how they contribute to understanding population and community ecology and integrate basic and applied science perspectives. A two-hour weekly lab/discussion section includes both computer lab sessions focused on deepening understanding of ecological theory and discussions focused on primary literature.

Course Requirements:

Graded assignments include computer lab reports, quizzes, exams, and an essay. Students will also lead a discussion section and be expected to participate in discussions and in class. Readings are from a textbook and primary literature (average of one to two journal articles per week).

Intended Audience:

This course is intended for advanced undergraduates and beginning graduate students in Biology, EEB, PitE, and SNRE.

Class Format:

There are three hours of lecture per week and two hours of lab/discussion. A GSI will run the computer lab sections and aid in discussions and in grading.


EEB 485 - Population and Community Ecology
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
002 (LAB)
 In Person
F 2:00PM - 4:00PM
003 (LAB)
 In Person
Th 10:00AM - 12:00PM

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