2008-09 Catalog

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Program Description

Evolutionary Ecology

NEW! Last Updated: 02/23/2009

Winter and Spring quarters

Faculty: Karen Hogan ecology

Academic web site: academic.evergreen.edu/curricular/biohe/evoeco.html

Major areas of study include evolution and ecology.

Class Standing: Sophomores or above; transfer students welcome.

Accepts Spring Enrollment: This program will accept new students Spring Quarter.

Note: This 12-credit program will meet from 6 to 9:45 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays and from 9 a.m. to 4:50 p.m. on five Saturdays each quarter (winter: Jan. 10, 24, Feb. 7, 21, Mar. 7; spring: Apr. 4, 18, May 2, 16, 30). First Spring Quarter class meets in Sem 2 E2109.

The year 2009 marks Darwin’s 200th birthday, and the 150th anniversary of the publication of The Origin of Species. In winter quarter, we’ll focus on Darwin’s contribution to our understanding of evolution. We will read works by and about Darwin, including The Voyage of the Beagle and The Origin of Species. We’ll also study some of the work by Darwin’s contemporaries, and learn about the scientific and cultural context of Darwin’s work. In spring quarter, we will study ecology from an evolutionary perspective. Fundamentally, this means that ecological interactions can be best understood by looking at how adaptations of the organism (form, physiology, behavior) interact with its environment (physical conditions, competition, predation, etc.) to influence the organism’s evolutionary fitness (reproductive success). We’ll investigate how the perspectives of evolutionary ecology can cast light on applied problems such as conservation biology, global change, and other issues.

Credits: 12 per quarter

Enrollment: 25

Books: www.tescbookstore.com

Program is preparatory for careers and future studies in evolutionary biology, ecology, and conservation.

Planning Units: Environmental Studies, 8-12 Credit Programs

Program Revisions

Date Revision
December 12th, 2008 Winter quarter class location added.
February 23rd, 2009 Spring quarter class location added.
February 23rd, 2009 Spring quarter enrollment details added.