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Green Forest

Evolutionary Ecology

Fall 2024: BIOL 3255

co-instructor: Vik Iyengar

Introduction to the ecology of individuals, populations, communities, and ecosystems, with emphasis on sub-ecosystem levels of organization and with an evolutionary approach that stresses ultimate explanations. Lectures cover environmental conditions, biomes, physiological adaptations, behavioral ecology, life history, population growth and regulation, species interactions, community structure and dynamics, ecosystem principles, and selected topics in applied ecology and conservation.

Previous courses


Methods in Marine Ecology

UGA ECOL 4225/4225L

This course provides an in-depth understanding of ecological processes and interactions in marine and estuarine environments through hands-on studies in the field and in the lab on Sapelo Island, GA.  Students learn the basic physical, chemical, geological, and biological oceanographic and ecologic processes and that operate in the coastal zone. Students (1) run experiments across diverse estuarine habitat types, (2) gather and analyze data as a class and (3) each student designs and conducts an independent research project adapted from skills learned throughout the course.

Advanced Ichthyology

MLML MS 113/213

Graduate level course where students gain comfort with: (1) the concepts underlying the evolution, systematics, physiology, and ecology of marine fishes; (2) using a variety of field techniques to sample and identify fishes from various marine habitats, and (3) practice skills in the laboratory to understand taxonomic relationships among fish groups and the external and internal anatomy of fishes.


Projects in Marine Ecology


Capstone course where undergraduate students:

(1) assess what is known about abalone on the west coast and factors that affect their populations through critical review of peer-reviewed literature and technical reports, (2) pose a scientific question and develop a hypothesis related to gaps in our knowledge of abalone populations, (3) design and conduct an ecological monitoring project that will answer their hypotheses, (4) work as a team to collect, analyze, and interpret ecological data, (5) understand appropriate statistics for analyzing data and  (6) apply results to conservation and management of abalone populations.

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