This upper-level course delves into the intricate interactions between organisms and their environment. Through a combination of theoretical concepts, fieldwork, and laboratory exercises, students will gain an in-depth understanding of ecological principles, processes, and applications. Topics covered include population dynamics, community ecology, ecosystem functioning, conservation biology, and the impact of human activities on ecosystems. The course will emphasize critical thinking, data analysis, and scientific communication skills. Expanding our ecological knowledge is critical to our future, given that some of the major current threats (climate change/global warming from fossil fuels, pollution, biodiversity loss, deforestation, etc.) confronting humankind are environmental in nature. Thus, ecology will continue to be a relevant scientific discipline needed to understand how ecological systems function and crucial to our ability to deal with prevalent environmental problems.
Akinwole, Philips, "BIO 342 Ecology Akinwole Fall 2023" (2023). Course Syllabi. 33, Scholarly and Creative Work from DePauw University.