Organisms and Ecosystems

EEB 302      Spring 2006

Torrey Life Science 301    Tues, Thurs 12:30-1:45

 

Professors:

Zoe Cardon       TLS 180B, Beach 240  486-3868    zoe.cardon@uconn.edu

Robin Chazdon  BioPharm 205C            486-4057   robin.chazdon@uconn.edu

 

Textbook:

William H. Schlesinger (1997) Biogeochemistry: An analysis of global change. Academic Press, San Diego, Second edition.

 

Format:  lecture/discussion with assigned readings; 2 short papers, final exam (take home)

Deadlines:     Feb 16         Topic and list of 5-10 references for paper 1 on organismal ecology

                   Mar 2           Paper 1 (7 pages + refs)

                   Apr 13         Topic and list of 5-10 references for paper 1 on ecosystem ecology

                   Apr 27         Paper 2 (7 pages + refs)

 

 

Schedule of Topics:

 

Date

Theme

Topic

17 Jan

INTRODUCTION 

 

Species, organisms, and ecosystems: How are they linked?

19 Jan

Organisms, energy, and environment

 

Thermal dynamics and energy balance: Coping with the elements

24 Jan

resource acquisition and utilization

Determinants of carbon uptake

26 Jan

 

How plants get and use water

31 Jan

 

How plants get and use nutrients

2 Feb

 

Rhizosphere relations

7 Feb

Resource allocation

What are plants made of?

9 Feb

 

Resource deployment strategies: storage, growth, and defense

14 Feb

 

Sexual reproduction and clonal growth

16 Feb

 

Plant defense against herbivores

21 Feb

 

 

Life history tradeoffs: responses to disturbance and succession

23 Feb

Functional Evolutionary Ecology

Phenotypic plasticity and adaptation

28 Feb

 

Comparative studies: the role of phylogeny

2 Mar

 SYNTHESIS

 

Functional groups: a tool for studying ecosystems?

 

S P R I N G    B R E A K

 

14 Mar

INTRODUCTION to Ecosystems Ecology

 

16 Mar

ENERGY FLOW

 

21 Mar

 

 

23 Mar

 

 

28 Mar

CYCLING OF MATTER, STOICHIOMETRY, and BIOGEOCHEMICAL CYCLING

 

30 Mar

 

 

4 April

 

 

6 April

 

 

11 April

TEMPORAL DYNAMICS

 

13 April

 

 

18 April

SPATIAL PATTERNS

 

20 April

 

 

25 April

SPECIES DIVERSITY

Biodiversity and ecosystem function

27 April

WRAPUP