Spring 2022 - BISC 474 D100
Special Topics in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation (3)
Class Number: 1947
Delivery Method: In Person
Selected topics in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation not currently offered in the Department of Biological Science.
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.
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:
Final exam: N/A
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