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EEB 2244 & 2244W : General Ecology

An introduction to the science of ecology, covering organismal, population, community, ecosystems, and global perspectives.  This course is taught every Fall semester, and is offered either as EEB 2244 (with lectures and discussion sections), or as EEB 2244W, with a writing component.


EEB 5301 : Population and Community Ecology

Open to graduate students, and to undergraduates with previous background in ecology.  I teach the population ecology part of this course, which covers the study of the abundance and distribution of organisms, population dynamics, and applied ecology at the population level.  Special topics include behavioral mechanisms underlying population regulation, plant population dynamics, habitat fragmentation, population decline, and invasive species.  Prof. Robert Colwell builds on these topics in the community ecology section of the course.  Taught in alternate years.  The next offering will be in Spring 2011.


EEB 3269 : The Social Insects

An introduction to the biology of highly social insects (especially ants, bees, wasps, and termites), and what the study of these animals tells us about general principles of ecology and evolutionary biology.  The main topics are: (1) the diversity of social insects; (2) the evolution of social behavior; (3) individual and collective action; (4) the ecology of social insects.  Taught in alternate years.  The next offering will be in Spring 2010.

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EEB 6490 : Seminar in Behavioral Ecology
EEB 6482 : Seminar in Spatial Ecology

These seminars are offered when a group of students and faculty want to study a topic of current interest.  The format varies from weekly discussion of papers to hands-on  exercises.  Previous topics include Bayesian methods in ecological sciences, Bayesian regression, behavioral ecology of foraging decisions, community ecology of ants, sexual conflict, sexual selection, and deceptive communication.

Undergraduates with appropriate background are welcome to participate.