Fall 2021 - BISC 420 D100
Community Ecology (3)
Class Number: 3655
Delivery Method: In Person
Course Times + Location:
Mo 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
AQ 3154, Burnaby
Th 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
EDB 7618, Burnaby
Exam Times + Location:
Dec 17, 2021
3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
AQ 3154, Burnaby
Prerequisites:BISC 204 or GEOG 215; with a grade of C- or better.
This course will examine the importance of species interactions that occur in ecological communities and the role of biotic and abiotic, natural and anthropogenic processes that underpin large-scale patterns of biodiversity. The course will provide a strong conceptual framework in community ecology with a focus on hypothesis development, alternative methodological approaches, the interpretation of data, and the synthesis of information across studies. Students who have completed BISC 304 or BISC 404 may not take BISC 420 for further credit.
How are ecological communities constructed, how does biodiversity influence how communities function, and how do human activities alter community structure and ecosystem function? In this course, we will explore patterns of biodiversity, examine interactions between species that provide the building blocks for complex ecological networks, and investigate how species loss and community change impact ecosystem function.
The course covers:
the Big Picture: communities and patterns of biological diversity.
The Fine Details: species interactions and community theory, food chains and foodwebs, complexity and ecosystem function/stability, succession and community assembly rules.
The Changing Environment: changes to landscapes, the loss of species and reassembly/restoration of communities.
- Midterm 1: 12%
- Midterm 2: 12%
- Final: 40%
- Presentation (3 x 7%): 21%
- Paper Summaries (3 x 3%): 9%
- Tutorial Participation: 6%
Mode of Teaching:
Lectures and tutorials will be conducted in person.
- Midterm 1 Th Oct 14 830-1020 – AQ 3154
- Midterm 2 Th Nov 18 830-1020 – EDB 7618
- Final – in person - TBD
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Required - Community Ecology 2nd Edition (2019). Gary G. Mittelbach and Brian J. McGill. Oxford
Available electronically through the library. The book can be read online and chapters can be downloaded as pdfs.ISBN: 9780198835851
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