Spring 2019 - BISC 407 D100
Population Dynamics (3)
Class Number: 2590
Delivery Method: In Person
Course Times + Location:
Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 5037, Burnaby
Th 9:30 AM – 11:20 AM
WMC 2202, Burnaby
Exam Times + Location:
Apr 12, 2019
8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
SSCK 9500, Burnaby
Prerequisites:BISC 102 and either BISC 204 or GEOG 215, all with a grade of C- or better.
An evaluation of factors influencing the natural fluctuation and regulation of plant and animal population numbers.
- Population growth (exponential, logistic, age-structured: life table analysis & projection matrix)
- Stability, oscillations, chaos in pop dynamics
- Species interactions (competition, predator-prey, host-parasitoid, host-pathogen)
- Spatial distribution (population dispersion, source-sink dynamics, metapopulation)
- Population estimation
- Case studies
- Labs/Tutorials 30%
- Midterm exam 30%
- Final exam 40%
MATERIALS + SUPPLIES:
STATISTICAL PACKAGE: Free software R (Rstudio) will be used during lectures and tutorials. Students are strongly encouraged to bring laptop computers to both lecture and tutorial.
Gotelli, Nicholas J., A Primer of Ecology
Stevens, M. H. H. 2009. A primer of ecology with R (SFU library, ebook)
Rockwood, L.L. 2006. Introduction to population ecology (SFU library, paperback)
Turchin, P. 2003. Complex population dynamics: a theoretical/empirical synthesis (SFU library, ebook)
Thompson, S.K. 2012. Sampling (SFU library, ebook)
Buckland, S.T., et al. 1993. Distance Sampling: Estimating Abundance of Biological Populations. Chapman and Hall, London.
Krebs, C.J. 1999. Ecological Methodology (ed 2)
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