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Jay Rotella
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WILD 501 - Applied Vertebrate Population Dynamics
Spring 2014

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Lecture: 10:50 a.m. -12:15 p.m. T, Th (407 Lewis Hall)
Lab: 2:10-4:00 W (407 Lewis Hall)

Course Description

The course focuses on 3 topics: 1) a review of key theories of population ecology, especially those relating to the fluctuation and regulation of vertebrate animal population sizes; 2) the application of population modeling in the context of conservation and management; and 3) managing populations in the face of uncertainty.  The basic mathematics, notation, objectives, and attributes of population models will be considered at length. Both lectures and computer exercises will be used to introduce and reinforce concepts.  Your grade will be based on lecture exams (2 exams, 100 points each), class participation and contributing to discussions (2 assessments, 25 points each), and lab exercises (10 exercises, 25 points each)(500 points total).


The class is a combination of lecture, discussion, and labs. I will introduce new topics and/or species in a lecture format. The lab portion of the course will be used for hands-on lab exercises, conducting computer-simulated management exercises, & extended discussion of lecture topics.


Case, T. J. 2000. An illustrated guide to theoretical ecology. Oxford University Press.  We will use the book extensively.   Click here to see the current list of known typos in the book.

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