Factors that govern population growth, including intra- and inter-specific competition, foraging behaviour, resource partitioning, predator-prey dynamics, parasitism and mutualism will be examined using observational and experimental data as well as mathematical models. Applied topics in population ecology including harvesting, preservation and management, and biological control will be discussed. Laboratory work will focus on sampling methodology, patterns of density and dispersion, predator-prey interactions, and competitive interactions. Students will present seminars on current topics in population ecology.
Additional Course Information
- BI301 (or BI205; a statistics course is recommended).
- 3 lecture hours, 3 lab hours