Fall 2023 - REM 211 D100
Introduction to Applied Ecology (3)
Class Number: 5371
Delivery Method: In Person
Course Times + Location:
Sep 6 – Dec 5, 2023: Mon, 12:30–1:20 p.m.
Oct 10, 2023: Tue, 12:30–1:20 p.m.
Sep 6 – Dec 5, 2023: Wed, 12:30–1:20 p.m.
Exam Times + Location:
Dec 13, 2023
Wed, 12:00–1:30 p.m.
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Balancing the needs of people and other components of nature is among the foremost challenges of our time. Understanding key processes that structure nature across space and through time can help inform this challenge. Introduces students to the foundational concepts of applied ecology motivated by real-world management and conservation problems. Breadth-Science.
Balancing the needs of people and nature is among the foremost challenges of the 21st century. Fortunately, understanding the key processes that structure nature across space and through time can help inform this challenge. Motivated by real-world natural resource management and conservation problems, this course will introduce you to the foundations of applied ecology. You will be introduced to the study of populations and concepts such as predation, competition, density dependence, and extinction risk by learning about the data needed to protect imperiled species and apply Canada’s Species-at-Risk Act. The field of community ecology and concepts such as disturbance, succession, food webs and facilitation will be introduced to you by learning how applied ecologists design and assess protected areas. The concept of ecosystems, energy flux and ecological efficiency will be motivated by the contemporary application of ecosystem-based management. You will also have the opportunity to learn and apply basic field survey and monitoring techniques. Lastly, you will learn how to evaluate and discuss current and contentious topics in environmental management and conservation science by reading, critiquing, presenting, and writing about contemporary peer reviewed journal articles.
COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:
By the end of this course, you should be able to:
- Confidently identify and describe the foundational principles of applied ecology that should be considered while addressing a management and conservation problem
- Demonstrate your awareness of the key processes that drive population, community and ecosystem dynamics
- Effectively communicate applied ecological concepts to a target audience
- Assignments 55%
- Mid-term Exams (2) 30%
- Final Exam 15%
REM 211 is a mixed lecture/tutorial course with two hours of weekly lecture and a one-hour tutorial. Details on required readings, assignments, and other course elements will be provided on Canvas.
MATERIALS + SUPPLIES:
Required Reading: Some course reading will be from the free online textbook: Fisher, M.R. 2019. Environmental Biology.
This textbook is available at https://openoregon.pressbooks.pub/envirobiology/. Other readings, of reports and journal articles, will be made available on Canvas.
Recommended Reading: Additional optional reading will be made available on Canvas.
REQUIRED READING NOTES:
Your personalized Course Material list, including digital and physical textbooks, are available through the SFU Bookstore website by simply entering your Computing ID at: shop.sfu.ca/course-materials/my-personalized-course-materials.
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