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Douglas George Sprugel
CFR 567
Seattle Campus

Topics in Advanced Ecology

Discusses literature on active research areas or controversies in different branches of ecology. Offered: jointly with BIOL 567/FISH 567; W.

Class description

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.

Recommended preparation

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.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Additional Information
Last Update by Douglas George Sprugel
Date: 10/27/2010