PLANT ECOLOGY - Ohio University

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Note-2: Lab reports are due at the beginning of lab class (1:10PM) on the day assigned. ... 9/10 T LEC: Introduction, Syllabus, Scope and Background of Ecology.

PLANT ECOLOGY PBIO-425.A01 Call No. 04649, 5cr, Fall 2002

INSTRUCTOR OFFICE HOURS Dr. B. C. McCarthy By Appointment 416-B Porter Hall telephone: 740-593-1615 email: [email protected] http: www.plantbio.ohiou.edu/epb/instruct/ecology/ecology.htm TEXTBOOK Barbour, M.G., J.H. Burk, W.D. Pitts, F.S. Gilliam, and M.W. Schwartz. 1999. Terrestrial Plant Ecology, 3rd ed. Benjamin-Cummings, Menlo Park, CA. SCHEDULING Lectures: T, Th 8:30-10:00 AM Porter 301 Laboratory: T 1:10-5:00 PM Porter 301 & Field SPECIAL SCHEDULING Computer Workshop: All-day Field Trip: Midterm Exam: Final Exam:

18-Sept-02, Wed., 7:00-9:00 PM (Porter 407; see Note-1) 26-Oct-02, Saturday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM est. (Field) 15-Oct-02, Tuesday, 1:10 PM (Porter 301) 20-Nov-02, Wednesday, 8:00 AM (Porter 301)

Note-1: The computer is the primary tool used by plant ecologists in the analysis and presentation of technical data and is considered an integral part of training in this discipline. All lab reports in this class are expected to be computer generated (see additional handouts on lab reports). You will be provided with introductory training to help orient you to the computer hardware (PCs) and software (MS Word & Excel) used in this class. The departmental student computer lab (Porter 407) is minimally available for your use from 9AM to 5PM, M-F. You may also work at any of the other student computer labs on campus or personal computers.

GRADING Midterm Exam = 30% Final Exam = 30% Lab Reports (4) = 20% (see Note-2) Ecology Paper Presentation = 20% Note-2: Lab reports are due at the beginning of lab class (1:10PM) on the day assigned. There are NO exceptions to this rule. Any report submitted after 1:10PM on the day due is considered late. A penalty of 10% will be assessed for each day late up to five days. All reports must be completed and turned in (even if more than 5 days late) for you to receive a grade (other than ā€œIā€) in this course. Reports will generally be returned the following lab period.

ACADEMIC POLICIES Attendance: Students are expected to attend all lectures and labs. Academic Integrity: The university policies regarding the student code of conduct and academic integrity are clearly and completely summarized at: http://www.cats.ohiou.edu/judiciaries/index.htm. These policies will be strictly adheared to in this class. If you are unclear as to what these policies are, please consult the website.

MASTER SCHEDULE AND READING ASSIGNMENTS Date 9/10 T 9/12 Th 9/17 T 9/18 W 9/19 Th 9/24 T 9/26 Th 10/01 T 10/03 Th 10/08 T 10/10 Th 10/15 T

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Introduction, Syllabus, Scope and Background of Ecology Writing Laboratory Reports The Plant Community

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LEC: Species Diversity Concepts LAB: Quadrat/Cover Sampling (old-fields) [REPORT due 9/24] WKS: Overview of Computer Applications for Plant Ecology 7:00-9:30 PM (Porter Hall, Rm. 407) LEC: Plant Community Structure

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Plant Community Dynamics Wetland Delineation (wetlands) [REPORT due 10/01] Methods of Sampling a Plant Community

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Quantitative Community Description: Gradients & Ordination Point-centered Quarter Sampling (forest) [REPORT due 10/08] Quantitative Community Description: Classification

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Quantitative Community Description: Other Methods Dendrochronological Methods (forest) [REPORT due 10/15] Productivity, Measurement, Energy Flow, and Efficiency

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LEC: Canceled (credit for all-day trip to Dysart Woods on 10/26) EXM: Midterm Exam (exam material for period 9/10 to 10/10) LEC: Biogeochemistry: Major Nutrient Cycles & Influencing Factors

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Biogeochemistry: Case Study, Hubbard Brook Exper. Forest Old Man's Cave: Microclimate and Rockhouses [NO REPORT] Physical & Chemical Properties of Soil Saturday Field Trip to Dysart Woods, Belmont County

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Ecological Species Issues in Ecology Term Presentations Plant Population Structure: Space and Time

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Plant Population Dynamics: Growth Models & Life Tables Issues in Ecology Term Presentations Resource Allocation and Life History patterns

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Interspecific Interactions: Competition & Amensalism Issues in Ecology Term Presentations Interspecific Interactions: Mutualism & Herbivory

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EXM: Final Exam (08:00 am, rm. 301) (Exam material: 10/15 to 11/14 only)

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