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Evan A. Sugden
TESC 402
Tacoma Campus

History and Ecology of Biological Invasions

Explores the population dynamics and ecological impacts of nonindigenous species, their prevention and control, and the ways that exotic species threaten biodiversity and regional and global economies. Examines the rapidly advancing science of invasion biology in its historical and public policy contexts. Recommended: prior course work in the biological sciences.

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The spread of invasive species (also known as nonindigenous, alien, exotic, or introduced species) of plants, animals, and microbes is now regarded as one of the most important causes of habitat destruction, extinction of native organisms, and disruption of ecosystems. In this course, we will explore the history and ecological theory of “invasions�, the impact of invasive species on our world, scientific methods used to study them, the practical approaches used to control them, and the policies that govern these. Special attention will be paid to “useful� invasives� and to Biological control as a management tool. We will discuss the transport, establishment, spread, and impacts of a variety of invasive species. Class sessions will involve a combination of lectures, readings, field exercises, guest speakers, and student presentations. One weekend half-day field trip is required. Grades will be based on participation, a term paper, midterm and final exam, and short assignments. Some extra credit opportunities will be offered.

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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.
Last Update by Evan A. Sugden
Date: 09/25/2013