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BIOL 313. Communities and Ecosystems

Credits: 3
Department: Biology
Description: Biodiversity patterns and metrics, species interactions, community assembly and structure, trophic interactions, food webs, succession, disturbance, stability, nutrient cycling, productivity, energy flow, ecosystem function, decomposition, climate change.
Prerequisites: BIOL 312
Semester Offered: DEMAND
Grading Method: ABCDF
Lab: Integrated Lab

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Calculate and interpret results of quantitative biodiversity metrics.
2. Calculate and interpret community similarity and dissimilarity measures.
3. Synthesize current scientific understanding of global biodiversity patterns.
4. Describe community assembly mechanisms, and apply concepts to examples from the literature.
5. Manipulate and interpret competition and predation models.
6. Differentiate among competing mechanistic explanations for regulation of energy flow through communities.
7. Describe role of decomposing organisms and soil fauna in energy and nutrient flow in terrestrial communities.
8. Apply ecosystem function concepts to arguments for biodiversity conservation.
9. Evaluate roles of natural nutrient cycles and anthropogenic factors in global climate change.
10. Employ mutualism and symbiosis theory to explain co-evolution of species groups.

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