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Applied Population Ecology

The aim of the course is to cover theoretical foundations of population ecology, and important applications of population ecology to solve real-world problems. Important theoretical concepts of population ecology are included in lectures and assigned readings 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.

Information from the course leader

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) 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 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.

/John Ball

Course evaluation

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 2023/2024

Applied Population Ecology (BI1301-20120)

2023-10-31 - 2024-01-14

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)

2018-11-05 - 2019-01-20

Syllabus and other information

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Management of Fish and Wildlife Populations - Master's Programme Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 38060 SEK Cycle: Master’s level (A1N)
Subject: Forest Science Biology Biology Forest science
Course code: BI1301 Application code: SLU-20134 Location: Umeå Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Wildlife, Fish, & Environmental Studies Pace: 100%