EFB 320 - General Ecology 2012

 

Dr. Tom Horton

trhorton@esf.edu

Office: 350 Illick Hall

Office Hours Fall 2012: Tues 1:00 - 2:00 & Fri 1:00 - 2:00

Horton Homepage

Last updated: Dec 5, 2012

 

  Exam Tuesday, 12:45-2:45, Marshall Auditorium

 

Some useful items for the exam.

 Fire Ecology Lecture Notes

Lignin degradation notes 

Figs from Ricklefs to study for Exam IV 

Important words and concepts for all Gen. Ecol. students (the cummulative part of the exam)

 

 

 

Go to Ecology Lab page to find section times and room numbers, lab schedule, write-up due dates, etc.

 

Grading

Lecture = 50% of total grade (225 points total: 4 exams at 50 pts each, 5 paper summary/questions at 5 pts each)

Lab = 50% of total grade (225 points total, see lab web page for breakdown of points)

 

 

Textbook:

Required:The Economy of Nature 6th edition,by Robert E. Ricklefs. Go to The Economy of Nature webpage

Alternate: Ecology, 4th Edition by Ricklefs & Miller. This hard bound book offers a more comprehensive treatment of everything we will cover in class.

           I highly recommend you learn/review basic statistical approaches to data analyses. Many examples in lecture and lab will rely on your being able to interpret summary data analyses as presented in graphs, charts, and tables.

           Also, I highly recommend you use Excel or a similar spreadsheet to analyze your data for lab.

           Finally, for your lab reports...SPELL CHECK!

 

Required: EFB 320, General Ecology Lab Manual, Fall 2012 -- available at the Copy Center in Marshall Square (by the post office).

 

Reserve readings:

During the semester I will assign several papers for you to read. They can be accessed via the Moon Library Internet Journals service.  Click here a list of articles, with links that may not always function if a website has been altered (in that case use the citation to find the article). They should be read by the date shown on the Syllabus schedule and concepts within these papers will be included in the indicated lecture and on the following test.

 

 Tentative Syllabus -- Check back frequently for updates!!!

Week

Date

Lecture Topic

Reading (Mostly from Economy of Nature)

One

Tuesday 8/28

On the importance of Ecology

 

 

Thursday 8/30

Experimental design, sampling, and hypothesis testing

Lab Manual, Notes, Web-based tutorials

Two

Tuesday 9/4

 

Highlights: Variations in and Adaptations to the Environment

Experimental design, sampling, and hypothesis testing

Chs. 2, 3, 4

(Review Chs. 1 & 5)

 

Thursday 9/6

Excel is your friend!

 

Three

Tuesday 9/11

Organisms: Evolution and Adaptation

Ch. 6

 

Thursday 9/13

Life histories and evolutionary fitness

Ch. 7

Four

Tuesday 9/18

paper discussion/Exam I review

Click for a list of Figures and Tables from Ricklefs that I used in this unit

What is a Species? Turn in a summary and five questions through Blackboard by Tuesday, 9/18 at 11:00am.

 

Thursday 9/20

Exam I: Organisms (50 pts)

Data Analyses, Excel, Chs. 2, 3, 4, 6, 7

BRING A PENCIL (or 2!) & ERASER

 

Five

Tuesday 9/25

Populations: Distribution and Structure

Ch. 10

 

Thursday 9/27

Populations: Growth and Regulation

Ch. 11 Lecture notes on Exponential and Geometric Growth Models

Six

Tuesday 10/2

Populations: Temporal and Spatial Dynamics

Ch. 12

 

Thursday 10/4

Species Interactions: Predator-Prey

Ch. 15

Seven

Tuesday 10/9

Amphibian decline paper discussion & Review

Johnson, PT. 2006.

Lips, KR et al. 2006.

Please read these two papers on amphibian decline. Please write a brief summary and 5 questions about the overall story covered by the readings. ONE SUMMARY AND SET OF QUESTIONS. DO NOT SUBMIT SEPARATE SUMMARIES AND QUESTSIONS FOR EACH PAPER! Submit your assignment using the Turn-it-in feature in Blackboard by 11am Tuesday Oct 9. No hard copies accepted!~

 

Thursday 10/11

Exam II: Population Growth models (50 pts)

Chs. 10, 11, 12, 15

BRING A PENCIL (or 2!)

 

Eight

Tuesday 10/16

Species Interactions

Ch. 14,

 

Thursday 10/18

Species Interactions: Competition

Ch.16

Nine

Tuesday 10/23

Evolution of Species Interactions

Ch. 17

 

Thursday 10/25

Mutualisms

Truffle species interactions reading Trappe JM, Claridge AW Please write 5 GOOD questions about the overall story covered by the readings. Submit your questions using the Turn-it-in feature in Blackboard by 11am Thursday November 1. No hard or late copies accepted! ~ Unless there is a glitch with the Turn-it-in feature in Blackboard~

Ten

Tuesday 10/30

Communities: Structure

Ch. 18

 

Thursday 11/1

Truffle species interactions & Review

 

Eleven

Tuesday 11/6

Exam III: Species interactions (50 pts)

Chs. 14,16,17,18

BRING A PENCIL (or 2!)

 

 

Thursday 11/8

Special Lecture: Fire Ecology

Fire Ecology readings

Recommended: Burning Questions - basics of fire ecology.

 

Required: Talk about a fire storm! Data paper = Donato et al. 2006; Science editor comments on the attempt to influence publication of the work; Editorial comment in the Oregonian newspaper.

Please write 5 GOOD questions about the overall story covered by the readings. Submit your questions using the Turn-it-in feature in Blackboard by 11am Tuesday 12/6. ~No hard or late copies accepted!~ (Unless there is a glitch with the Turn-it-in feature in Blackboard)

Twelve

Tuesday 11/13

Communities: Succession and Development

Ch. 19

 

Thursday 11/15

Communities: Biodiversity

Ch. 20

Thirteen

Thursday 11/20

Thanksgiving break -- no class

 

 

Thursday 11/22

Thanksgiving break -- no class

 

Fourteen

Tuesday 11/27

Ecosystems: Energy

Ch. 22

 

Thursday 11/29

Ecosystems: Elements

Ch. 23

Fifteen

Tuesday 12/4

  Ecosystems: Nutrient Regeneration

Ch. 24

 

Thursday 12/6

Fire discussion & Review

  Absolutely last chance for fire questions due today by 11am.

 

 

Tuesday 12/11

Marshall Auditorium

12:45-2:45

Exam IV: Communities and Ecosystems (50 pts)

Fire lecture and readings, Chs. 19, 20, 22, 23, 24

Plus some questions on major concepts in Ecology

 

 

Books

 

Statistics and Report Writing

           Sokal RR, Rohlf FJ (1995) Biometry 3rd ed. Freeman and Company, New York. A general text.

           Cox GW (2002) General Ecology: Laboratory Manual, 8th ed. McGraw-Hill Boston. The first 7 chapters provide a great overview of statistics, experimental design, sampling, and report writing.

           Knisely, K (2002) A Student Handbook for Writing in Biology. Sinauer Associates, Massachusetts.

History of Ecology

           Real LA, Brown JH, editors (1991) Foundations of Ecology: Classic Papers with Commentaries. University of Chicago Press, Chicago. Contains reproductions of the fundamental papers that have shaped the field, including the origins of ideas on: plant succession, niche theory, trophic interactions, and much more.

           Roughgarden J, May RM, Simon LA, editors (1989) Perspectives in Ecological Theory. Princeton University Press, Princeton. Provides overviews of essential theory in ecology by some of the 'big names'.

            

Lecture Readings

 

Note on "Summaries and 5 Questions" assignments. Demonstrate to me that you have read the article with a brief summary (a paragraph or so). In addition, write 5 questions about the topic that came during your reading of the article. The questions can be directed towards something that you did not understand, that you felt the authors had wrong, etc. The questions can also be more tailored towards issues that you felt needed additional attention in the article, that might be interesting to follow up on, or thoughts about addtional research that is needed (For example: I think the article would have benefitted from a table listing species still considered a single group, like Homo sapiens, vs those that are now considered multispecies under one morphological concept, like Giraffe. Based on my example, you can see that a question does not really need to be a question!)

 

 

 

Readings for Exam I

What is a Species? 

 

 

Amphibian Decline for Exam II

Johnson, PT. 2006. Amphibian diversity: Decimation by disease. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 103 (9): 3011-3012.

This is a commentary on the primary article below.

Lips, KR et al. 2006. Emerging infectious disease and the loss of biodiversity in a Neotropical amphibian community: Pathogens and enigmatic amphibian extinctions. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 103: 3165-3170.

 

Multi-trophic species interactions (for Exam III)

Truffle species interactions reading

Trappe JM, Claridge AW. 2010. The hidden life of truffles. Scientifica American 302

 

Postfire management reading (READ ALL FOUR)

Burning Questions - basics of fire ecology.

 

Talk about a fire storm! Data paper = Donato et al. 2006; Science editor comments on the attempt to influence publication of the work; Editorial comment in the Oregonian newspaper.

 

 

Biodiversity and Earth's limits (not required, but recommended!)

More than meets the eye. Sean Nee. Nature 429: 804-805.

Earth's Boundaries 

 

 

 Lecture Notes

Some useful items for the exam.

  Fire Ecology Lecture Notes

Lignin degradation notes 

Figs from Ricklefs to study for Exam IV 

Important words and concepts for all Gen. Ecol. students (the cummulative part of the exam)