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Ecology

ECOL 235 Introduction to Environmental Science (3-3L) B

This course will provide students will an overview of Environmental Science, including environmental testing, resource use by humans, pollution, biotechnology, conservation methods, industry standards, and environmental guidelines within Canada.

 

ECOL 255 Aquatic Biomonitoring (3) O

An introduction to aquatic ecosystem ecology with practical, hands-on training in the techniques used for the biomonitoring of aquatic macro invertebrates.  Instruction will consist of in-class completion of the Canadian Aquatic Bio-monitoring Network (CABIN) training modules at the level of Field Technician. This course includes a field practicum (approximately 16 hours) in aquatic biomonitoring techniques that culminates in the student becoming a Certified CABIN Field Technician.

Prerequisite: BIO 131 and BIO 133

 

ECOL 317 Aquatic Communities and Ecosystems (3-3L) O

This course will examine the major components of aquatic communities, and explore how these interact to influence ecosystem function. Topics including production, nutrient flow, trophic interactions, and diversity will be discussed as they relate to conservation and management.

Prerequisite: BIO 213 and BIO 310

 

ECOL 319 Terrestrial Communities and Ecosystems (3-3L) B

This course will explore patterns and processes that influence biotic interactions in terrestrial systems. Topics including succession, productivity, diversity, disturbance, and nutrient dynamics will be discussed as they relate to conservation and management.

Prerequisite: BIO 213 and BIO 310

 

ECOL 383 Animal Behaviour (3) O

This course explores the biological basis of animal behaviour using key principles from the fields of ethology and behavioural ecology. Placed within an evolutionary framework, the unifying principles of natural and sexual selection are used to investigate the driving forces that have shaped the remarkably diverse and often strange suite of behaviours in animals that enable them to survive harsh climates, find mates, care for young, migrate across diverse landscapes, and learn to survive in their environment.

Prerequisite: BIO 213