Spring 2021 - BISC 474 D100
Special Topics in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation (3)
Class Number: 4754
Delivery Method: Remote
Selected topics in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation not currently offered in the Department of Biological Science.
Course title: Current Issues in Ecotoxicology
Note: This course may be applied toward the Applied Ecology section in the Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Concentration
Ecotoxicology aims to quantify the effects of stressors on natural populations, communities, and ecosystems. Ecotoxicology is a broadly defined discipline and includes (but not limited to) the study of the movement of contaminants through ecosystems, anthropogenic disruption of nutrient cycles, oceanic acidification as a consequence of climate change and the consequences of a changing community structure on geochemical processes.
We will first refresh our familiarity with ecosystem structure and function. Using case studies from previous research (e.g., acid rain, tar sands, aquaculture), the ways in which anthropogenic activities can alter ecosystem structure and function will then be examined. Student presentations will serve to provide detailed information on a particular anthropogenic stressor and also provide the student the opportunity to challenge the problem solving skills of their peers.
COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:
Week 1: Introduction. Course objectives, learning outcomes. Organization of presentations. Explanation of marking scheme.
Week 2: Structure and Function
Week 3: A few case studies
Week 4: A few case studies continued
Week 5-10: Student presentations on Ecotoxicological topic of choice.
- Class Presentation 40%
- Class Participation 30%
- In Class Quizzes 30%
Mode of teaching:
Lecture: synchronous (recorded)
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TEACHING AT SFU IN SPRING 2021
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