BIOE 149 – 01 Disease Ecology, Spring 2018
This is a class on problem solving and critical thinking focusing on problems related to 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. The course content includes a theoretical framework, hands-on experience with field techniques, and a discussion of wildlife and human diseases including Zika, Ebola, influenza (swine flu, bird flu), malaria, West Nile virus, Lyme disease, HIV, Chikungunya, tuberculosis, chytridiomycosis, and many others.
Prerequisite(s): BIOL 20A, 20B, 20C, 107, 109
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.