BIOL 428 (Winter)

Biological Diversity in Africa

(Part of the Africa Field Studies Semester)


Instructor(s):
Staff - TBA
Workload:
3 credits
Prerequisite(s):
BIOL 305 or equivalent, or permission of instructor
Co-requisites:
BIOL 451 / NRSC 451 and ANTH 451 / GEOG 451
Restriction:
Not open to those students who have taken BIOL 328
Content:
This course deals in depth with biological diversity as exemplified by one or more taxonomic groups of organisms in Africa that are the specialities of particular instructors. As such, it will be a course in field herpetology, ornithology, mammalogy, ichthyology, entomology, invertebrate zoology and/or botany. It is taught at a series of locations in Uganda, Kenya and/or Tanzania taking advantage of a variety of physical locations and ecosystems to impart practical training in species identification and field research. Biological principles embodied in the organisms concerned will also be discussed. Specific lecture topics may include, as appropriate, evolution, diversity, systematics, reproduction, communication, social behaviour, physiology, biomechanics, genetics, and/or conservation biology. Numerous field exercises will introduce students to the indigenous biota, local habitats and field research methods. Students must register for the Africa Field Study Semester.
Readings:
Text and independent readings as assigned by the instructor.
Method:
Daily lectures and field exercises, together totaling at least 60 hours, over a three-week period in East Africa.
Evaluation:

Depending upon the instructor, may include a field project report, participation in field work seminar and/or one mid-term and one final examination on lecture material.


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Last update: March 22, 2017