ECOL 592 Interdisciplinary Seminar

Future Offerings

 

Current Offerings: Spring 2015

Foundations in Evolution

Colleen Webb

Description:This semester we will be working through some fundamental and often classic papers in evolution. I believe that knowing about classic theory and experiments helps us to better understand the contemporary literature as well. How can we know where we are going if we do not know where we have been? The objective this semester is to help students build a broad and basic background in key areas of evolutionary research. I have collected a list of fundamental papers and divided them into eleven subject areas. We will cover at least one paper from each subject area, and enrolled students will be expected to lead discussion on at least one paper. There will be a number of important papers that we will not have time to read, but I hope that this discussion group will help you appreciate the value of a broad knowledge of the fundamental literature and that you will continue to read it. A secondary theme of the course will be techniques for management and leadership of discussions. Subject areas: Evolution of Populations, Systematics, Phylogenetics, Macroevolution, Natural Selection, Speciation, Hybridization, Molecular Evolution, Neutral Theory, Evolution and Development, and Scientific Method/Philosophy.

Credits: 1
Restrictions:
First Meeting: 1/21/2015
Meeting Times: Wednesdays 1:00-1:50 p.m.
Classroom: Yates 208
CRN: 10362
Section Number: 1
Cross Listed: BZ 692GV
Enrollment Limit: 15
Background: An interest in learning more about evolution
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Instructor Contact Info:
      Colleen Webb ctwebb@lamar.colostate.edu 970-491-4289

Nature in the City

Liba Pejchar, Lindsay Ex

Description:This seminar provides a unique opportunity to collaborate with the City of Fort Collins to design and sustain urban open space in our community. Students will be part of the innovative Nature in the City project (fcgov.com/natureinthecity), which is developing a 25-year vision for how all residents in the city will be able to access high-quality, natural experiences within a 10-minute walk from where they live and work. One of the key products for this effort is a set of design guidelines that will illustrate how nature can be incorporated into the urban environment. Students in this seminar will hail from diverse backgrounds to conduct the research and synthesis to propose design guidelines that are socially, ecologically, and economically sound. The format of the seminar will include a mix of learning opportunities and hands-on, interdisciplinary research leading to a product that will be used by developers, residents, business owners, and the City. Students who participate in this seminar will have the opportunity to shape the design of open space in the City of Fort Collins for the next 25-50 years.

Credits: 1
Restrictions:
First Meeting: 1/21/2015
Meeting Times: Thursdays, 1-1:50 pm
Classroom: Wagar 107
CRN: 10363
Section Number: 2
Cross Listed: NA
Enrollment Limit: 10
Background: students with diverse disciplinary backgrounds (e.g. biology, landscape architecture, economics, sociology, art, and engineering) are encouraged to enroll
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Instructor Contact Info:
      Liba Pejchar liba.pejchar@colostate.edu 970-491-1819
      Lindsay Ex lex@fcgov.com

Ecological Diversity and Function

Colleen Webb, Clint Leach

Description:The objective of this seminar will be to build a broad and basic background in key areas of diversity and function research in ecology. This is a central area of ecology, but the literature is vast. Through weekly paper discussions from a wide range of topics within this field, we hope to build a solid foundation that will provide a jumping-off point for students to continue to explore these areas. Topics that we plan to cover include: basics of diversity and how it is defined and quantified; the processes that structure diversity and the patterns they produce; the effect of diversity on ecosystem structure, function, and stability; traits-based perspectives on diversity. Time permitting, there may also be opportunities for students to select additional and/or more specific areas to explore, based on the interests of the class. Regular attendance is expected and students will be evaluated based on their participation.

Credits: 1
Restrictions:
First Meeting: 1/23/2015
Meeting Times: Fridays at 1:00 pm
Classroom: Yates 208
CRN: 24993
Section Number: 3
Cross Listed: no
Enrollment Limit: 20
Background: Basic ecology
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Instructor Contact Info:
      Colleen Webb ctwebb@lamar.colostate.edu 491-4289
      Clint Leach clint.leach@gmail.com 491-2133

Women in science

Ruth Hufbauer

Description:The goals of this course are to examine critically both how far women have come in science, as well as how far women have yet to go, to understand the benefits and challenges of being a woman scientist, and our inherent biases. We will also discuss what it means to be a feminist in different spheres and across different cultures. We will also touch on race, and LGBTQ issues, but the main focus for this course will be on women. We will read from the growing number of papers (especially data papers) in the literature evaluating the environment women experience in the work force in general, and in science in particular. We will also read from blogs, and engage on twitter. A different student, or students, will lead discussion each week, with the composition of the group of leaders chosen at random. Participation in all the meetings is expected, and both attendance and contributions to the discussions will be tallied. Listening and speaking with respect for others will be critical, and doing so mindfully will also be tallied. Leading discussion will account for 25% of the pass/fail grade, and participating will account for 75%.

Credits: 1
Restrictions:
First Meeting: 1/23/2015
Meeting Times: Fridays, 2:00-2:50 pm
Classroom: C123 Plant Sciences
CRN: 10365
Section Number: 4
Cross Listed:
Enrollment Limit: 18
Background: The course is aimed at graduate students in the sciences.
Course Text:
Instructor Contact Info:
      Ruth Hufbauer ruth.hufbauer@colostate.edu 970-491-6945

 

Previous Offerings

Previous ECOL 592 course descriptions available on the Past 592 page.