Introductory Ecology Prof. Ido Izhaki Course goals: “Introductory Ecology” is a one-semester introduction to ecological thought and principles discussing the many factors that influence the distribution and abundance of organisms. We will examine both biotic (living) and abiotic (non-living) elements of the environment that influence the distribution and abundance of organisms. The course covers topics in the areas of individual, population, community, and ecosystem ecology, as well as mankind’s effect on natural systems. This course is designed for anyone interested in ecology, both majors and non-majors. Detailed Program: Class number Topic 1 Introduction 2 Factors that limit distribution & abundance 3 Limiting factors, habitat, ecological niche 4 Population: Population growth, intraspecific competition, growth regulation 5 Interactions: Interspecific competition 6 Interactions: Predation, predator-prey cycles 7 Community: structure, biodiversity 8 Community: spatial and temporal factors 9 Ecosystem: Primary production 10 Ecosystem: Energy flow, biomass, transit time 11 Ecosystem: Nutrient factors, nutrient cycles, Carbon cycle Nitrogen cycle, Sulfate cycle 12 Ecosystem: Nitrogen cycle, Sulfate cycle 13 Biosphere: Global climate changes Textbooks: 1. Begon, M., Harper, J.L. and Townsend, C.R. 1996/2000/2004 Ecology: Individuals, Populations and Communities. Oxford: Blackwell Science. 2. Krebs, C.J. 2001. Ecology: The Experimental Analysis of Distribution and Abundance. San Francisco : Benjamin Cummings. 3. Ricklefs R.E. 2000. Ecology. New York : W.H. Freeman & Co.
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