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Ecology (ECOL)

5050. Techniques in Environmental Data Management. 4. Centers on the role of information technology in support of scientific research. Through integration of multiple software packages (e.g. Relational databases, ProgramR and ArcGIS), proven database designs, and SQL scripting,  increased efficiency and utility will occur during data analyses. These information science principles are demonstrated using project-based examples. Cross listed with GEOG/ENR 5050. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

5060. Fundamental Concepts in Evolution. 3. Explores fundamental concepts in evolutionary biology including evolutionary ecology, population genetics, and speciation with an emphasis on both theoretical frameworks and practical applications. Discussion included. Cross listed with BOT/ZOO 5060. Prerequisite: graduate student in good standing. (Offered every other year)

5100. Ecology as a Discipline. 3. Covers the range of ecological questions, processes, scales, and research approaches, in context of the history and philosophy of science in general and of ecology in particular. Aimed at first-year students in the doctoral program in Ecology, although students in other graduate programs are welcome. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

5400. Community Ecology. 3. Community ecology is the study of interactions within and among groups of species. This course focuses on (1) the major classical concepts and theories in community ecology, (2) the ways in which population dynamics can impact communities and how community dynamics can impact ecosystem processes and functioning, and (3) implementation of quantitative methods for conducting research that includes community ecology. Cross listed with REWM 5400. Prerequisite: LIFE 3410 or equivalent.

5500. Quantitative Analyses of Field Data. 3. A practical guide to the analysis of messy field data, including data exploration, generalized linear and additive models, mixed models, autocorrelation, and model selection using Program R. Students will spend one intensive week learning methods and the rest of the semester analyzing their own data and writing a manuscript. Cross listed with ZOO 5500. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

5520. Habitat Selection. 3. In this course we will cover theory and behavioral/evolutionary concepts related to the process of habitat selection, the contexts under which habitat choices are adaptive or maladaptive, and different types of anthropogenic habitat change and the consequences for animals in the wild. Cross listed with ZOO 5520. Prerequisite: graduate students in good standing.

5540. Microbial Diversity and Ecology. 4. Introduces the diversity and ecology of soil microbes through an integrated lecture and laboratory course. Emphasis on molecular approaches to analyzing microbial diversity and evolution, and student-directed experimental design. Provides a continuum of realistic research experiences in molecular microbial ecology, from field work to evolutionary analysis of DNA sequence data. Cross listed with MOLB/MICR/SOIL 4540. Dual listed with MOLB/SOIL 5540. Prerequisite: MOLB 2210.

5550. Ecology as a Scientific Profession. 2. A capstone that prepares doctoral students for success and leadership in their careers as professional ecologists. Intended for students enrolled in the doctoral Program in Ecology in their final year. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

5580. Rangeland Restoration Ecology. 3. Detailed analysis of various ecosystems unique to western rangelands. Primary emphasis on plant community restoration following degradation from edaphic, biotic, hydrologic, and topographic factors. Application of ecological principles to rehabilitate vegetation and restore ecosystem function. Strong emphasis on current research to formulate restoration strategies. Cross listed with REWM 5580.

5610. Quantitative Modeling in Landscape Ecology. 3. Emphasis on quantitative, spatial analysis of landscapes and application of these quantitative tools to making sound management decisions. Work with real data, acquire high-level quantitative skills, develop problem-solving skills, and discuss management application of model results. Analysis will encompass abiotic, biotic (plant and animal), and human use of ecological systems in a spatial context. Cross listed with REWM 5610. Prerequisite: upper division stats course (e.g., STAT 4015 or STAT 4025) and graduate standing. (Offered during even-year fall semesters)

5620. Advanced Topics in Ecology. 1-4. (Max. 12). Provides advanced treatment of specific topics in ecology that are not covered in regular courses. Prerequisite: graduate standing and consent of instructor.

5650. Tropical Field Ecology Ecuador. 4. Course comprises 10 days in Ecuador in January (before spring semester), followed by one lecture per week during spring semester. Focus will be ecology, biodiversity and conservation of tropical forests and behavioral ecology of birds and mammals. Field site is at 1100m on west slope of the Andes. Cross listed with ZOO 5650. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

5680. Landscape Genetics. 3-4. Provides a unique opportunity for interdisciplinary training and international collaboration uniting some of the most active landscape genetics groups in North America and Europe. A key objective of landscape genetics is to study how landscape modification and habitat fragmentation affect organism dispersal and gene flow across the landscape. Meeting this and other landscape genetic objectives requires highly interdisciplinary specialized skills making intensive use of technical population genetic skills and spatial analysis tools (spatial statistics, GIS tools and remote sensing). To bring these diverse topics and skills together effectively, we are using a distributed model of teaching. Population genetics, spatial analysis/statistics, and previous experience in Rare all extremely useful but not required. Cross listed with: REWM 5680.

5775. Forest Ecology. 4. Integrative study of the structure, function, and ecological diversity of forested ecosystems, and the physical factors that influence this diversity, including emergent properties of energy flow and nutrient cycling. Special emphasis is given to understanding forest disturbances and succession, and implications for impacts of management and sustainability are discussed throughout. Cross listed with BOT 5775. Prerequisite: LIFE 3400. (Offered during even-year fall semesters)

5780. Research in Ecology. 1-6 (Max. 12). Designed for doctoral students pursuing exploratory research before they have determined a dissertation project, and for students to pursue independent research that will not comprise part of their dissertation. Research must be conducted under supervision of an Ecology Faculty member or Affiliate. Prerequisite: admission to doctoral Program in Ecology.

5920. Continuing Registration: On Campus, 1-2 (Max. 16). Prerequisite: graduate standing.

5930. Network Analysis. 2. Addresses problems in ecology, neurobiology, sociology, geography and behavioral ecology. Networks consists of entities (nodes) such as neurons, individuals or locations, linked by interactions (e.g., flow of information, pollen or behavior). Students will analyze topics of interest using R scripts. 2 hour lecture each week in spring semester. Cross listed with ZOO 5930. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

5940. Continuing Registration: Off Campus, 1-12 (Max. 16). Prerequisite: graduate standing.

5980. Dissertation Research. 1-12 (Max. 48). Designed for students who are involved in research for their dissertation project. Also used for students whose coursework is complete and are writing their dissertation. Prerequisite: enrollment in a graduate level degree program.

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