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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Science
May 2, 2016

Canadian Excellence

Dispersal of juvenile spiders (Argiope aurantia)

BI309 Population Ecology

In this course, we study the interactions and relationships amongst organisms, and between organisms and their environment. It is a truism in ecology to state: "All species are always absent from almost everywhere!" Of course, our goal is to a get a fix on where particular species do occur, how many of them occur there, and perhaps most important, why they occur there. These are the fundamental questions, and the course is designed to develop an understanding of the theories and techniques that ecologists use to ask (and hopefully answer!) the pertinent questions. Keep in mind the following:

1. "Nothing in biology makes sense, except in the light of evolution." (Dobzhansky)

2. " ... very little in evolution makes sense, except in the light of ecology." (Begon, Harper, & Townsend)

Calendar Link (2012/13 Calendar) for BI309 Population Ecology

Required Textbooks:

1. Ecology: Concepts & Applications, Canadian Edition. 2008. M.C. Molles, Jr. and J.F. Cahill, Jr. McGraw-Hill Ryerson Ltd. ISBN-13: 978-0-07-096341-2

2. A Primer of Ecology. 4th Edition. 2008. N.J. Gotelli. Sinauer Associates, Inc. ISBN 978-0-87893-318-1

Course notes will be available through the 'mylearningspace' page for the course. I strongly suggest that you make your own notes during the lectures. Outlines of the lab exercises will be posted on the Desire2Learn course page.