BIOL 540 (Winter)

Ecology of Species Invasions

(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 215 (or ENVR 200 plus 202), and at least one 300- or 400-level course in ecology, evolution, or conservation biology. (new prerequisiste, awaiting approval)
Restrictions:
Not open to students who have taken ENVR 540
Content:
Invasions by alien species are increasing in frequency around the world. They are leading threats to biodiversity, and they can alter ecosystem processes, and damage economic resources and human health. This course will explore the causes and consequences of invasion. Using concepts from population biology, community ecology and evolution, 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 environmental problem.
       
Readings:
Readings to be assigned
Method:
3 1-hour lectures per week
Evaluation:

Students will be evaluated based on two midterm exams, 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 25, 2019