WILD 501 - Applied Vertebrate Population Dynamics

Spring 2015

Meeting Times & Location

11:00 a.m. -12:15 p.m. T, Th
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 two exams (100 points each), class participation and contributing to discussions (2 assessments, 25 points each), and homework assignments (10 assignments, 25 points each)(500 points total).


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.

Updated: 01/09/2015