BIOL 036. Ecology

Spring 2022: How do organisms interact with each other and their environment? In Ecology, we will tackle this question by building quantitative skills and applying them on the Swarthmore campus. Students will learn to model population growth and species interactions at the community level in the R programming environment and gain experience with the field and lab skills ecologists use to understand and manage global change. Through collaboration with local stakeholders and engagement with both Indigenous and Western approaches to understanding humans' connection with the natural world, we will design and implement an ecological restoration project  in the Crum Woods. Students do not need to have previous fieldwork or R experience, but should be interested in cultivating these skills!

Fall 2022: The goal of ecology is to explain the distribution and abundance of organisms in nature through an understanding of how they interact with their abiotic and biotic environments. Students will gain ecological literacy and practice by studying processes that operate within and between hierarchical levels or organization such as individuals, populations, communities, and ecosystems. All this knowledge will be applied to understand the current global changes occurring in nature as a result of human activities.

Prerequisite: BIOL 002 , or permission of the instructor. ENVS 001  accepted as pre-requisite Spring 2022.
Natural sciences and engineering practicum.
Fall 2022: Three to 6 hours of laboratory and/or fieldwork in the Crum Woods per week, in addition to at least one field trip per semester.
1 credit.
Eligible for ENVS, GLBL-Core, ESCH
Spring 2022. Grossman.
Fall 2022. Machado.
Catalog chapter: Biology  
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