1.018J / 7.30J Fundamentals of Ecology

Fall 2003

Satellite image of the Earth.
Satellite image of the Earth. (Photograph courtesy of www.PDImages.com.)

Course Highlights

This course site features lecture notes and a term project assignment. Extensive references are also provided as background material to the lecture notes.

Course Description

This is a basic subject in ecology that seeks to improve the understanding of the flow of energy and materials through ecosystems and the regulation of the distribution and abundance of organisms. The course covers productivity and biogeochemical cycles in ecosystems, trophic dynamics, community structure and stability, competition and predation, evolution and natural selection, population growth and physiological ecology. There is particular emphasis placed on aquatic systems.

*Some translations represent previous versions of courses.

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Prof. Sallie Chisholm
Dr. Laurel Schaider

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session

One session / week
1 hour / session