ECOLOGY

PhySci 143 - Summer 2001
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Instructor: Dr. Laurence E. Heglar
Meeting times: M-Th 16:30-17:50
Location: Rm. 301
Office hours: Available before and after class
Mobil telephone: 676.406.071
Text: Miller, G.T., & Armstrong, P.; Living in the Environment. Belmont, Calif.: Wadsworth, 2000. 11th Edition
Students may also use the 10th edition of the text, available in the bookstore.

Course description

Ecology is the study of the interrelationships among living organisms and the physical environment they live in. We will be particularly concerned with the human impact on the earth's ecosystems and the effect of ecological degradation on our own quality of life. We will therefore be studying the effects of pollution, agriculture, the population explosion, land use and resource depletion on our lifestyles. We will talk about endangered species such as elephants, siberian tigers and whales as well as endangered Peoples such as the Brazilian Yanomanmo. Political and economic issues, particularly related to development in the third world, will also be one of our concerns. The overall goal is see more clearly our individual role in the destruction and salvation of the earth.

Grading

Your grade for the course will be based on 6 quizzes, each worth 20 points. The quizzes will have a mixed format, including multiple choice, fill-in, matching and short answer. For each quiz, the grading will be as follows:

17-20 points = A
14-16 points = B
10-13 points = C
  6- 9 points = D
  0- 5 points = NC (No Credit)

Each test will cover 2 or 3 book chapters, lecture material, internet resources, and any extra readings assigned. Students should assume that quizzes will cover only the material assigned since the previous quiz. Quizzes will be held every Monday after the regular lecture. Students should not expect the instructor to cover all of the reading material for each quiz. Keeping up with the reading is the responsibility of the student.

Quizes
There will be no make-up quizzes in this course. If you have to miss class on a scheduled quiz day, you should notify me (my phone number is above) before class time and state your reason for not coming. If this reason is acceptable (medical excuses are just about the only acceptable excuse), the next scheduled quiz will count double for determining your final grade. If not, no credit will be given for the quiz. This option may only be used once during the course.

Activities

This course usually includes a number of activities, such as visits to the botanical gardens in Madrid, horseback riding, or the Natural Science Museum. These activities will be determined at a later date.

Attendance

Schiller requires that all students attend class regularly. I will take attendance every class period. You will receive an NC in the course if you miss more than 6 classes, excused or unexcused.



READING AND TOPIC SCHEDULE

Your instructor reserves the right to change the readings according to new and interesting topics discovered by students and instructor alike. This schedule does not reflect guest speakers and field trips. Students are responsible for text material regardless of whether or not it is discussed in class. Quizzes will cover material covered in both lecture and text.

Students should consider the internet links listed below to be required reading.


  DATE  TOPIC READING

Week 1

June 6 Environmental Problems and Their Causes Ch. 1 (11th ed.)
Ch. 1, Ch. 2 pp. 32-37 (10th ed.)
Students should also browse the textbook website for the course:
Miller's Living in the Environment, 11th ed.
Miller's Living in the Environment, 10th ed.
June 7 History of the Earth Plate tectonics


Week 2

June 11 Human History The Agricultural Revolution
Lecture notes
June 12 Science, Models and Systems:
Regulative Principles
Ch. 2 (11th ed.)
Ch. 3 (10th ed.)
Ecology and Regulative Principles
June 13 Matter and Energy Resources Ch. 3 (11th ed.)
Ch. 4 (10th ed.)
Laws of thermodynamics
Electromagnetic spectrum
June 14 No Class


Week 3

June 18 Ecology, Ecosystems, & Food Webs
Quiz 1
Ch. 4 (11th ed.) & Handout
Ch. 5 (10th ed.)
June 19 Ecology, Ecosystems, Food Webs
& Matter Recycling
Ch. 4 (11th ed.) & Handout
Ch. 5 (10th ed.)
June 20 Evolution and Biodiversity:
Origins, Niches and Adaptations
Ch. 6 (11th ed.)
Ch. 6 (10th ed.)
June 21 Evolution and Biodiversity:
Origins, Niches and Adaptations
Ch. 6 (11th ed.)
Ch. 6 (10th ed.)


Week 4

June 25 Community Processes:
Species Interactions & Succession
Quiz 2 -
Ch. 9 (11th ed.)
June 26 Community Processes:
Species Interactions & Succession
Ch. 9 (11th ed.)
June 27 Geographical Ecology, Climate, and Biomes Ch. 7,8 (11th ed.)
Ch. 7 (10th ed.)
June 28 Geographical Ecology, Climate, and Biomes Ch. 7,8 (11th ed.)
Ch. 7 (10th ed.)
June 29 Horseback Riding - Sierra de Guadarrama


Week 5

July 2 Population dynamics:
Influencing Population Size
Quiz 3
Ch. 10 (11th ed.)
Ch. 8 (10th ed.)
July 3 Population dynamics:
Influencing Population SizeQuiz 3
Ch. 10 (11th ed.)
Ch. 8 (10th ed.)
July 4 Human Population Growth Ch. 11 (11th ed.)
Ch. 11 (10th ed.)
World Population: Major Trends &
Population Pyramids by country
July 5 Human Population Growth Ch. 11 (11th ed.)
Ch. 11 (10th ed.)
World Population: Major Trends &
Population Pyramids by country


Week 6

July 9 Food Resources
Quiz 4
Ch. 12 (11th ed.)
Ch. 22 (10th ed.)
July 10 Food Resources
Quiz 4
Ch. 12 (11th ed.)
Ch. 22 (10th ed.)
July 11 Nonrenewable Energy Resources Ch. 15 (11th ed.)
July 12 Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Video


Week 7

July 16 Energy and Renewable Energy
Quiz 5
Ch. 15 (11th ed.)
Ch. 15 (10th ed.)
July 17 Global Warming and Ozone Loss Ch. 19 (11th ed.)
Ch. 14 (10th ed.)
July 18 Deforestation Ch. 17 (11th ed.)
Ch. 13 (10th ed.)
July 19 Deforestation Ch. 17 (11th ed.)
Ch. 13 (10th ed.)


July 23-24 Quiz 6


Internet Resources


There are two sets of Internet Resources relevant to this course that you should be aware of. The first is the website for the textbook, Miller's Living in the Environment, 11th ed., and Miller's Living in the Environment, 10th ed.. This site has study aids such as practice quizes and flash cards for each chapter in the text, as well as hyperlinks to chapter-related topics. Doing the chapter quizes on the website will help you on the quizes I give in class.
The second site is the Life-Sciences/Environment Research Page on the instructor's personal website which has dozens of links to all sorts of environment-related topics.