F&ES 740b

Dynamics of Ecological Systems

Credits: 3
Spring 2015: M,W, 9:00-10:20 - Lab W 1:00-2:00, Krn G01


The course provides students in-depth understanding of theory on multiple species interactions and dynamics including predation, competition, food chain, and food web interactions. Considerable emphasis is placed on mathematical modeling to formalize ideas about how species interactions structure ecological communities and to specify the appropriate focus of empirical research, study design, and data gathering. The course addresses contemporary issues in community and ecosystem ecology including scaling from individual behavior to community and ecosystem dynamics, the link between biodiversity and system stability, alternative dynamic regimes, spatially extended systems, and metacommunities. A course in calculus is recommended

A course in calculus is recommended.