1. Foundations in Ecology and Management (BIOE 554, fall semester)
Survey of ecological theory and applications for management related to population, community and ecosystem ecology.
View syllabus for fall 2015 here
2. The Carbon Cycle in the Age of the Anthropocene (BIOE 516; alternate fall, undergraduate course)
3. Ecological Modeling (BIOE 514; alternate fall, mixed undergraduate/graduate course)
Ecological models integrate our understanding of natural systems and how they function and also play a critical role in land management, ecological forecasting, and climate impact studies. This course will provide students with an overview of i) types of modeling approaches, ii) model development, and iii) model applications. Reading of scientific literature and hands-on computer exercises will be a significant component of developing skills in ecological modeling.
View syllabus for fall 2014 here
4. Advances in Ecological Modeling (BIOE 516; every spring, graduate course)
Semesters alternate on topics related to vegetation dynamics (spring 2015), trait-based modeling (spring 2016), disturbance (spring 2017), nutrient cycling (spring 2018).
View syllabus for spring 2015 here
View syllabus for fall 2016 here
e.g., Spring 2015:
Ecological modeling has been challenged by how to represent the billions of trees on the planet by a computer model. This seminar course starts with the first forest model and brings us through to the current state of art in vegetation modeling. The focus on the course is on theory of how to represent forest structure, emphasizing scaling assumptions and implications.