BIOE 149 – 01 Disease Ecology, Winter 2013
This course focuses on the ecological and evolutionary processes that drive the transmission of pathogens between hosts; the impact of disease on host populations; and what causes the emergence of an infectious disease. Includes theoretical framework, description of field techniques, and discussion of wildlife and human diseases including swine flu, malaria, West Nile virus, Lyme disease, HIV, avian influenza (bird flu), Chikungunya, tuberculosis, chytridiomycosis, and Ebola.
Prerequisite(s): BIOL 20A, and BIOE 20B and 20C and 107
BIOE 107 Ecology Winter 2011
The main goal of this course is to familiarize you with the important concepts in ecology. We will emphasize ideas, not the memorization of facts. You will learn from the following main sources—the lectures; associated readings from the texts; the reading of key papers from the primary scientific literature; study exercises; and the discussion sections. A second goal is to instill an understand and appreciation of ecological diversity—diversity of biological species; diversity of ecosystems; diversity of processes that act within those ecosystems; and diversity of approaches employed by ecologists in their efforts to understand the workings of nature. A third goal is to instill an appreciation for the importance of ecology to human welfare. A final goal is to help you learn to think like an ecologist.