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Week Dates Topic Readings Notes
Week 1 1/20/2020 NO CLASS (MLK Day)
1/22/2020 LECTURE: Course overview; Intro to Systems Thinking BCTD Chapter 1
1/24/2020 LAB 1: Introduction to population modeling in Excel, InsightMaker, and R
Week 2 1/27/2020 LECTURE: Intro to Population Ecology; Exponential growth Gotelli Chapter 1
1/29/2020 LECTURE: Malthus and exponential growth
1/31/2020 LAB 1 (cont’d)
Week 3 2/3/2020 LECTURE: Density-dependent growth Gotelli Chapter 2 Away TWS
2/5/2020 LECTURE: Density-dependent growth Away TWS?
2/7/2020 LAB 2: Density-dependent populations in InsightMaker; maximum sustainable yield (MSY) and more BCTD Chapter 2 (skim)
Week 4 2/10/2020 LECTURE: Passenger pigeon/Allee Effect
2/12/2020 LECTURE: Age-structured populations Gotelli Chapter 3
2/14/2020 LAB 3: Age-structured populations in Excel and InsightMaker
Week 5 2/17/2020 LECTURE: Age-structured populations
2/19/2020 LECTURE: Matrix population models Heppell 1998
2/21/2020 Work on PVA proposals Away DTC
Week 6 2/24/2020 LECTURE: Matrix population models Gotelli Chapter 3
2/26/2020 LECTURE: Matrix population models
2/28/2020 LAB 4: Matrix population models in R and InsightMaker
Week 7 3/2/2020 LECTURE: Stochasticity and uncertainty Regan 2002
3/4/2020 MIDTERM #1 TWS symposium
3/6/2020 LAB 4 (cont’d) and PVA proposals Beissinger and Westphal 1998
Week 8 3/9/2020 LECTURE: Stochasticity and uncertainty (proposals due)
3/11/2020 LECTURE: Stochasticity and uncertainty
3/13/2020 Work on group PVA projects (proposal meetings)
Week 9 3/16/2020 SPRING BREAK Away France?
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Week 10 3/23/2020 LECTURE: Stochasticity and uncertainty
3/25/2020 LECTURE: Small population paradigm Caughley 1994
3/27/2020 LAB 5: Stochasticity and uncertainty
Week 11 3/30/2020 LECTURE: Declining population paradigm Caughley 1994
4/1/2020 LECTURE: PVA!
4/3/2020 Final projects (PVA models due next week)
Week 12 4/6/2020 LECTURE: Metapopulations Gotelli Chapter 4
4/8/2020 LECTURE: Source-sink dynamics Griffin et al
4/10/2020 LAB 6: Metapopulation modeling in InsightMaker (PVA models due)
Week 13 4/13/2020 LECTURE: Parameter estimation Amstrup et al Chapter 1
4/15/2020 LECTURE: MIDTERM #2
4/17/2020 LAB: Parameter estimation: mark-recapture data
Week 14 4/20/2020 LECTURE: Species interactions: competition Gotelli Chapter 5
4/22/2020 LECTURE: Species interactions: competition
4/24/2020 LAB: STUDENT PRESENTATIONS AND PEER REVIEW
Week 15 4/27/2020 LECTURE: Species interactions: predator-prey (final project: complete drafts due) Gotelli Chapter 6
4/29/2020 LECTURE: Species interactions: predator-prey
5/1/2020 LAB: STUDENT PRESENTATIONS
Week 16 5/4/2020 LECTURE: final class review
Week 17 5/8/2020 FINAL EXAM (9:50 to 11:50am)
5/13/2020 FINAL PAPERS DUE (last day of finals)