BIOL 2464 Fundamentals of Ecology
An introduction to the science of ecology and its domain. Geographic range, habitat, and niche; influences of the abiotic and biotic environment. Estimating the abundance and pattern of populations. Population structure and demography; growth models, life tables and resource allocation patterns. Species interactions; competition, predation, commensalism and mutualism. The ecological community; concepts, classification, and attributes, ecological succession. Primary and secondary production, trophic levels, and ecological efficiencies. Nutrient cycles and energy flow.