BIOL-386 Ecological Analysis
Fall for 2017-2018
Ecology seeks to understand how organisms interact with both their abiotic (nonliving) and biotic environments, and how such interactions affect species distribution and abundance as well as the structure of ecological communities. To quantify these relationships and understand the underlying causal mechanisms, ecologists utilize both observational and experimental studies. Understanding how to test hypotheses and design experiments is fundamental to all branches of science, but ecology and other field sciences face unique challenges. This course will help students understand the critical importance of appropriate experimental design, and methods of data analysis when testing hypotheses in environmental biology. The course will be oriented around hands-on field and laboratory experiences with experimental design, data collection, data analysis techniques, null model formulation and hypothesis testing.
This course applies towards the concentration in Ecology, Evolution and Behavioral Biology.
Prerequisites: BIOL-180, MATH-040 or MATH 140
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