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Introductory Ecology (EEB 3408W) – An introduction to the study of interactions between organisms and their biotic and abiotic environments at the population, community, ecosystem, and biosphere levels of organization.  Students will be introduced to basic concepts and tools for the study of ecology.  This writing intensive course also includes a laboratory.

Non-majors ecology (EEB 3001) – This course focuses on the interactions of humans with their environment, with a focus on the political, sociological, and ecological consequences of human population growth. Topics of current ecological, economic, and political importance will form the foci of lectures and discussions, including global climate change, spatial and temporal patterns biological diversity, agriculture, and disease. Students will be expected to read and discuss environmental issues in the news.

Introduction to models – This mini-course provides an overview of mathematical modeling techniques used for making conservation and management decisions.  Students work through 5 computer labs intended to highlight different techniques, and choose one for an in-depth independent project.

Graduate skills seminar – Becoming an effective scientist involves far more than being a good student.  In this seminar we discuss topics such as: preparing scientific talks and posters, publishing, ethics, scientific creativity, data storage and management, developing a CV, non-academic careers, and effectively critiquing papers, talks, and proposals.  Specific topics are decided based on student interests.