Ecology 223                                                                                         Spring 2003

Instructor:  Jim Taulman





General – A student may be dropped after 3 consecutive absences and will automatically be dropped after 5 total absences.  Partial attendance on a given day will be recorded on an hourly basis, that is, arriving an hour late or leaving an hour early will count for missing 1/3 of a class period. 


Lecture will be held from 1 pm until 3 pm Thursday at Piya Wiconi.  The class will be offered by PicTel at He Sapa and Pine Ridge.  However, because I have to teach the Introduction to GIS  in the GIS lab at Piya Wiconi immediately after Ecology on Thursdays, I will not be able to travel to the He Sapa and Pine Ridge locations on alternate weeks as would normally be the case.  It is expected that you will also work outside of class from 1 to 3 hours for each hour of class time.


Homework – Work assignments will consist of reading and being familiar with chapters in the textbook for each class period.  You may be asked to describe your interpretation or understanding of concepts presented in the textbook chapters for a given class period.  


Grading –


A = 90 - 100

B = 80 - 89

C = 70 - 79

D = 60 – 69

F = 59 and below


Lecture - Four lecture tests will be given, the lowest grade will be dropped.  The other 3 tests will count for 80% of the final course grade. 


Project – Each student will do a special written research project.  For this project select a topic of interest to you in ecology.  Do a literature search to find at least 10 books or scientific articles presenting information on your topic.  Read and become familiar with your references.  Write a report reviewing the information contained in the literature on your subject.  If your topic is a problem in ecology and you have an idea of a solution, present arguments, supported by your literature citations, that defend your position.

            This report will count 20% of the final grade in the class.  You will have the opportunity to share your findings in a presentation to the class at the end of the semester.


            Food – You can bring a drink into class but we won’t be eating in class.


Ecology 223, Spring 2003                                Instructor:  Jim Taulman



Jan. 23             Introduction, Ch. 1, 2


Jan. 30             Ch. 3, 4, 5                    Climate, the Abiotic Environment, Soil


Feb. 6              Ch. 20, 21                    Ecosystem productivity, Nutrient Cycling


Feb. 13            Test 1, Ch. 22, 23        Biogeochemical Cycles and Human Impacts


Feb. 20            Ch. 6, 7, 8                    Plant and Animal Adaptations, Decomposers   


Feb. 27            Ch. 9, 10                      Populations and Growth


Mar. 6              Test 2, Ch. 11, 12        Intraspecific Population Regulation, Life History


Mar. 13            Ch. 13, 14, 15              Communities, Interspecific Competition, Predation


Mar. 20            Ch. 16, 17                    Parasitism, Process Shaping Communities


Mar.27             Ch. 18, 19                    Humans in Communities, Landscape Ecology


Apr. 3              Spring Break


Apr. 10            Test 3, Ch. 24, 25, 26  Biomes: Grasslands, Forests, Deserts


Apr. 17            Ch. 27, 28, 29              Biomes: Wetlands, Lakes, Rivers, Oceans


Apr. 24            Ch. 30                          Global Environmental Change


May 1              Reports


May 8              Test 4