Applied Population Ecology
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Welcome to Applied Population Ecology – information on textbook
Although there have been an unusual number of technical problems with the course's web pages at SLU, things are nearly sorted out now and Canvas should be visible very soon (today I think).
The recommended (not absolutely required) textbook for the course is below. I've asked the library to have multiple copies, I think there are six available. This is an advanced course, and I treat you like the adults you are. The course does not follow the Fryxell book very closely but on the topics it covers it is very good. I will not be assigning specific pages in the book, but will leave it to you to consider the topics we covered in class and labs, then go to the index at back of the book and read the relevant pages. If you do this every week or so as I recommend, you could easily get by without buying the book but don't be surprised when all of the library's copies are signed out in the weeks before the exam. :-(
Wildlife Ecology, Conservation and Management. 3rd Ed. 2014. Fryxell, J.M., Sinclair, A.R.E., and Caughley, G. ISBN: 978-1-118-29106-1 (paperback)
https://www.bokfynd.nu/9781118291078/wildlife-ecology-conservation-and-management/ Paste this in your browser to search for the best price on this particular book.
To get the best price on this or ANY book delivered in Sweden, go to https://www.bokfynd.nu/ which searches bookstores all over Sweden and the world, incorporates shipping costs and converts the total to Swedish kronor for the best price delivered in Sweden.
Physical bookstores including Akademibokhandeln Åkerbloms, Vasagatan 5 here in Umeå have the book as well.
The course evaluation is now closed
BI1301-20134 - Course evaluation report
Once the evaluation is closed, the course coordinator and student representative have 1 month to draft their comments. The comments will be published in the evaluation report.
Additional course evaluations for BI1301
Academic year 2021/2022
Applied Population Ecology (BI1301-20040)
2021-11-02 - 2022-01-16
Academic year 2020/2021
Applied Population Ecology (BI1301-20016)
2020-11-02 - 2021-01-17
Academic year 2019/2020
Applied Population Ecology (BI1301-20032)
2019-11-01 - 2020-01-19
Academic year 2018/2019
Applied Population Ecology (BI1301-20054)
2018-11-06 - 2019-01-20
BI1301 Applied Population Ecology, 15.0 CreditsTillämpad populationsekologi
SubjectsForest Science Biology
Education cycleMaster’s level
Advanced study in the main fieldSecond cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirementsMaster’s level (A1N)
Prior knowledgeKnowledge at basic level equivalent to 120 credits including
- 60 credits Biology including 15 credits Ecology or
- 60 credits Forest Science including 15 credits Ecology or
- 60 credits Natural Resource Management including 15 credits Ecology or
- 60 credits Environmental Sciences including 15 credits Ecology or
- English 6
ObjectivesThe aim of the course is to cover theoretical foundations of population ecology, and important applications of population ecology to solve real-world problems.
After completing the course the student will be able to:
- Have an in-depth understanding of many of the applications of population ecology, especially with regard to sustainable use of harvested animal populations and the conservation of small populations.
- Critically evaluate published studies, identify what data and studies are needed to solve management problems or conservation challenges.
- Perform all steps in the application of population ecology to selected problems, including use of the published scientific literature, data collection, data analysis, and use of the data in various models to understand and predict population development.
- Communicate their conclusions in written form.
ContentImportant theoretical concepts of population ecology are included in lectures and assigned readings to reach the course objectives and to ensure a solid foundation of population ecology, but the course focuses on the many important applications of population ecology to solve real world problems (with in-depth considerations of selected aspects).
The course addresses the sustainable use of harvested animal populations and specific difficulties related to conserving less common or endangered species by considering the demographic and genetic problems posed by small and/or fragmented populations. Hence, in both lectures and exercises, the course covers the population genetics, structure, demography, dynamics and stability of populations. Compulsory exercises occur.
Selected methods for obtaining information required for decision-making in conservation and management (e.g. assessments of demographic structure and population size, etc.) are also covered. Furthermore, in computer labs and assignments students will analyze data and use it in models to gain a deeper understanding of population ecology and predicting the risk of extinction or population changes under various conditions.
Regarding general skills, students will thus develop their skills in information retrieval (i.e. the published scientific literature), critically evaluating it (including any gaps in knowledge), analyzing data and using it in models, and communicating their conclusions in written form.
Formats and requirements for examinationApproved written examination, approved compulsory assignments and participation in compulsory parts.
- If the student fails a test, the examiner may give the student a supplementary assignment, provided this is possible and there is reason to do so.
- If the student has been granted special educational support because of a disability, the examiner has the right to offer the student an adapted test, or provide an alternative assessment.
- If changes are made to this course syllabus, or if the course is closed, SLU shall decide on transitional rules for examination of students admitted under this syllabus but who have not yet passed the course.
- For the examination of a degree project (independent project), the examiner may also allow the student to add supplemental information after the deadline. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.
- The right to take part in teaching and/or supervision only applies to the course date to which the student has been admitted and registered on.
- If there are special reasons, the student may take part in course components that require compulsory attendance at a later date. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.
Additional informationThe course is a part of the Master’s Programme in the Management of Fish and Wildlife Populations but is open to other students.
Students following the Forest Science programme at SLU meet the requirements of 15 credits in Ecology by the courses given over the first two years of the programme. The requirement of 15 credits in Ecology can also be met by the course SG0251 Forest Ecology 15 credits.
SLU is environmentally certified according to ISO 14001. A large part of our courses cover knowledge and skills that contribute positively to the environment. To further strengthen this, we have specific environmental goals for the education. Students are welcome to suggest actions regarding the course’s content and implementation that lead to improvements for the environment. For more information, see webpage www.slu.se.
Department of Wildlife, Fish, & Environmental Studies