BIOL 429 (Winter)

East African Ecology

(Part of the Africa Field Studies Semester)


Instructor(s):
L. Chapman
N3/12A
(514) 398-6431
lauren.chapman@mcgill.ca
Workload:
3 credits
Prerequisite(s):
BIOL 215 or equivalents
Co-rerequisite:
BIOL 451 / NRSC 451 and ANTH 451 / GEOG 451
Restrictions:
Not open to those students who have taken BIOL 329
Content:
This course deals in detail with aspects of ecology particularly pertinent to East Africa and conservation of biological diversity in the region at the discretion of the instructor. The course uses field settings (Uganda, Kenya, and/or Tanzania) to impart training in ecological principles critical to tropical conservation with an emphasis on research design and field research exercises. It is taught at a series of locations in Uganda and/or Kenya taking advantage of the variety of physical locations and ecosystems in the region to facilitate practical experience using real-world examples for ecological principles that pertain to the understanding and conservation of biological diversity.  Specific lecture topics may include, as appropriate, ecological diversity, community composition, ecosystem structure and maintenance, trophic dynamics, and conservation biology with an emphasis on ecosystems of East Africa.  Numerous field exercises will introduce students to local ecosystems, local biodiversity, and field research methods.  Students must register for the Africa Field Study Semester.
Readings:
Independent readings as assigned by the instructor.
Method:
Daily lectures and field exercises, together totaling at least 60 hours, over a three to four week period in Uganda and/or Kenya.
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 based on lecture material.


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Last update: March 22, 2017