ENVIRONMENTAL BIOLOGY

9MWF

BIO 250

J.M.Sidie

J.M.Sidie

211 Thomas Hall

409-3000 x2287

jsidie@acad.ursinus.edu

office hours: 10MWF or by appointment

Required Texts:

Global Ecology in Human Perspective, Charles H.Southwick 1997. Oxford University Press

State of the World, Lester R. Brown (editor) W.W.Norton & Company

Ecobeaker 1.0 - Ecological Simulation, Eli Meir 1996 Sinauer Associates, Inc.

Syllabus:

Aug
31 Introduction to Environmental Biology chap 1

Sep
2 Planet Earth 2

4 (Global Population and the Nitrogen Cycle)

7 The Biosphere 3

9 Ecosystem Ecology 4

11 (Chemical Ecology in Antarctic Seas)

14 Biogeochemical Cycles 5

16 Energy Flow and Trophic Structure 6

18 (Tadpole Communities)

21 Ecosystem Homeostasis, Succession and Stability 7

23 Human Impacts on Planet Earth 8

25 (Seamounts and the Ecology of Deep-Sea Fisheries)

28 Global Change,Development and Land Degradation 9,10

30 EXAM

Oct
2 (Shrimp Aquaculture and the Environment)

5 Desertification 11

7 Deforestation 12

9 (Can Sustainable Management Save Tropical Forests?)

12 Historical Aspects of Environmental Destruction 13

14 Population Biology 14

16 (Human Domination of Earth's Ecosystems)

19 Human Populations 15

21 World Food Supplies 16

23 (Struggling to Raise Cropland Productivity)

26 Atmosphere,Weather,Climate 17

28 Air Pollution

30 (Is Combustion of Plastics Desirable)

Nov
2 Weather and Climate Change 18

4 EXAM

6 (Responding to the Threat of Climate Change)

9 Hydrologic Cycle

11 Water Pollution 19

13 (Recycling Organic Wastes)

16 Biodiversity 20

18 Earth's Resources

20 (Losing Strands in the Web of Life)

23 Energy I - Nonrenewable Energy Supplies

25 Thanksgiving Recess

27 Thanksgiving Recess

30 Energy II - Renewable Energy Supplies

Dec
2 Global Health Patterns 22

4 (The End of Cheap Oil)

7 Toxicology

9 Environmental Sustainability 25

11 Strategies for Sustainable Development

14 FINAL EXAM 9:00 AM

Grading:

Midterm Exam I 10%

Midterm Exam II 10%

Final Exam 20%

Friday Papers 20%

Semester Project 20%

Lab 20%

  • Total 100%
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