Ecology and Field Biology

Karen Hogan
(use @ in place of [at])
Tel. 360 867 5078
Office B3110 SEMII
Mail 2124 SEMII

Winter 2005
B3109 SemII
Tuesday 6 - 10 pm

Web crossing
and chat
Ecology is the study of interactions among organisms and of organisms with their physical environment.  We will study ecology from an evolutionary perspective, including physiological ecology, community ecology and biodiversity,  and coevolution.  The goal of this program is to develop an understanding of the fundamentals of ecological and evolutionary processes, and to be able to analyse and critically read about issues in ecology.  Participants should expect to work to develop the skills be able to participate more effectively in environmental decision-making.

The class format will include lecture/discussions on concepts of ecology, including historical perspectives, as well as workshops and discussions.† Students will write one individual paper, weekly reading and discussion questions and comments, and will take two quizzes.† Also, students keep a journal of natural history observations, including attempts to apply course concepts to field observations. † I encourage you to call or email me for an appointment, or just stop by (if Iím in and have time) to discuss your interests in ecology and what is and isnít working for you in the course.




















Key dates


What is Science? What is Ecology?





Physiological ecology

Bumblebee Economics

intro & ch. 1 to 5



Physiological ecology

Bumblebee Economics

6 to 9



Community Ecology

Bumblebee Economics

ch. 10 to 12 & preface

paper due: peer review


Origin and development of life

Diversity of Life

3 to 7

quiz 1


Biodiversity: what's out there?

Diversity of Life

8 to 10



Biodiversity in decline

Diversity of Life

11 to 13



Tropical ecology

Tropical Nature

1 to 8

paper due



Tropical Nature

9 to 17

quiz 2


Overview and synthesis

readings TBA


journal due


Learning Objectives

The Summer Day

Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?

Who made the grasshopper?

This grasshopper, I mean --

the one who has flung herself out of the grass,

the one who is eating sugar out of my hand, 

who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down --

who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.

Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.

Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.

I donít know exactly what a prayer is.

I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down

into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,

how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,

which is what I have been doing all day.

Tell me, what else should I have done?

Doesnít everything die at last, and too soon?

Tell me, what is it that you plan to do

with your one wild and precious life?

                     - Mary Oliver



















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