BIOL 2060STAT 1060MATH 1000 OR MATH 1215

Explain how connectivity can influence extinction of metapopulations [BIOL 2060] Understand the fundamentals of disease dynamics and transmission [BIOL 2060] Communicate research results as a formal report in the style of a scientific paper [BIOL 2060] Explain the concept of a fundamental and realized ecological niche [BIOL 2060] Conduct regression analysis and t-tests on ecological data [BIOL 2060] Generate and interpret appropriate tables and graphs to represent ecological data [BIOL 2060] Manipulate and interpret results of the Lotka-Volterra competition and predator-prey models [BIOL 2060] Read and interpret a scientific paper describing a straightforward experimental or observational study [BIOL 2060] Use the BIDE (births, deaths, immigration, emigration), exponential and logistic population growth models to make predictions [BIOL 2060]

Manipulate simple population models (by hand and using computer software)Relate graphical representations of multiple stable states to empirical examplesUse a simple SRI model to predict disease dynamicsConduct correlation analysis, t-tests and regression on ecological dataDescribe the links between density dependence, population regulation and equilibriumExplain how dispersal and spatial structure (metapopulations, source-sink dynamics) can allow competitors to coexistExplain how niche partitioning can allow competitors to coexistExplain how time lags influence population dynamicsExplain the effects of resource limitation and functional responses on model and empirical predator-prey dynamicsUse ecological theory to interpret empirical case studies of population dynamicsWrite a formal essay synthesizing the results of scientific studies