BIOL 540 (Winter)

Ecology of Species Invasions

(Offered in 2016-2017)

(cross-listed with ENVR 540)


Instructor(s):
A. Ricciardi 
Redpath Museum
(514) 398-4089
tony.ricciardi@mcgill.ca
Workload:
3 credits (3-0-6)
Prerequisites:
BIOL 308 or permission of instructor
Restrictions:
Not open to students who have taken ENVR 540
Content:
Exotic species invasions are increasing in frequency around the world. They are the second-leading threat to biodiversity, and can also dramatically affect ecosystem processes, economic resources and human health. This course will explore the causes and consequences of invasion. Using concepts from population biology, community ecology and evolutionary biology, we will examine the reasons why some species are highly invasive and why some ecosystems are more vulnerable to invasion than others. We will also look at methods of risk assessment and management strategies for dealing with this global problem.
       
Readings:
Readings to be assigned
Method:
3 1-hour lectures per week
Evaluation:

Students will be evaluated based on a midterm exam, a research paper and a seminar

McGill University values academic integrity. Therefore all students must understand the meaning and consequences of cheating, plagiarism and other academic offences under the Code of Student Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures (see http://www.mcgill.ca/integrity/ for more information).

Last update: March 22, 2017