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BIOL 4120 - Evolutionary Ecology W (3-1) [0.50]

An examination of common ecological circumstances faced by plants and animals and the morphological, behavioral and life history characteristics that have evolved in response. Particular emphasis will be placed on evolutionary processes and on adaptive aspects of thermoregulation, foraging strategies, spatial distribution, social and reproductive strategies. The course will emphasize both the theoretical basis and the empirical evidence for ecological adaptation. There is a 1-hour seminar each week for class discussion of selected lecture topics. Department of Integrative Biology.

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Posted By : Anonymous
Posted On : March 22, 2012

Is the textbook recommended by the student? No
Did the student enjoy the professor? Yes

Professor : Andrew McAdam

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This course has no final exam. Instead, you have to write a huge research proposal in evolutionary ecology. Don't think this is an easy course! Be prepared to put lots of time into your proposal, as well as the weekly discussions. Marking is harsh, but forces you to think and be critical. Good prep course for graduate studies (lots of paper discussions, paper critiques, everything to do with the literature). Overall I enjoyed the course and think it helped me improve my skills in literature research/critique, rather than "just another bio course" that results in memorization of huge amounts of information, only to forget it all after the final exam. It helped get rid of my fear of research, so is recommended for students who "don't think they could pick a topic and research it".
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