Douglas George Sprugel
Discusses literature on active research areas or controversies in different branches of ecology. Offered: jointly with BIOL 567/SEFS 567; W.
This class will expose students to active research areas or controversies in different branches of ecology, as well as giving them an appreciation of the breadth of ecological expertise among both faculty and students on the UW campus. Week-long units on different aspects of ecology are presented by faculty from units across campus, including Biology, Forest Resources, Ocean and Fisheries Sciences, and other units as appropriate.
Student learning goals
Students will become familiar with important questions and useful analytical tools in diverse fields of ecology.
Students will read primary scientific literature in diverse fields to understand different approaches to ecological issues.
Students will discuss papers in diverse groups to appreciate how students from different academic backgrounds approach problems.
General method of instruction
Class organization is determined by the visiting unit leaders, but may include lectures, Q&A with the instructor, and large and small group discussions. Readings dealing with significant issues in the field will be assigned for each topic.
Class assignments and grading
Students are expected to read the assigned readings and participate in in-class and web-based discussions.
Class is C/NC.