Seminars & Group Study Courses

Winter Quarter 2018

All courses listed below are ECL 290 or 298 courses. ECL 290 courses are seminars that include student participation, while ECL 298 courses are Group Study courses that function more as a traditionally instructed course.

ECL 290: Energetics in Aquatic Ecosystems with Dr. Steve Sadro

This graduate seminar explores concepts and current topics relating to the flow of energy within aquatic ecosystems. Areas of exploration may include the history of the field, current metabolic theory, methods and approaches for quantifying ecosystem metabolic rates and energy flows, ecological stoichiometry, and the variable roles of biotic and abiotic factors in structuring energetics across a range of aquatic ecosystems. We will consider the implications of ongoing changes in climate and other anthropogenic effects on ecosystems energetics, and evaluate the utility of energetics as a management tool for characterizing the health or recovery of aquatic ecosystems. Given the broad scope of potential topics, the specific direction we take will depend in part on student interest. All students are expected to present on a topic and lead an associated discussion of a paper. 

Date & Time: TBD, will be established between members and faculty before the quarter begins

CRN: 50824

ECL 290: Behavior and Ecology of Marine Predators with Dr. Josh Hull

The aim of this course is to explore and assess current research pertaining to the behavior and ecology of marine predators. This course will cover a variety of topics, foraging ecology, movement, and issues pertaining to conservation and management. Topics will be chosen on the first day of class, and students will be expected to give a 20 minute presentation and lead a discussion on a journal article relating to a topic of their choice, or their own research. One class will be devoted to peer review of a grant proposal, job application, or other document relating to marine predators.  

Date & Time: TBD, will be established between members and faculty before the quarter begins

CRN: 50823

ECL 298: R-DAVIS (R-Data Analysis & Visualization In Science) with Dr. Ted Grosholz and TAs Ryan Peek and Mike Koontz

Computer literacy is now essential in all aspects of science. Data management skills are needed for entering data without errors, storing it in a usable way, and extracting key aspects of the data for analysis. Basic programming is required for everything from accessing and managing data, data visualization, to statistical analysis, and modeling. This course will provide an introduction to data/project management, manipulation, visualization and analysis, across a broad set of ecological data (spatial, genomic, field, etc). Class will typically consist of short introductions or question & answer sessions, followed by hands on computing exercises. The course will be taught using git/Github, R/RStudio, RMarkdown, and SQLite, but the concepts learned will easily apply to all programming languages and database management systems. No background in databases or R/computational experience is required.

Date & Time: Tuesdays from 2:00pm - 4:00pm in 360 Shields Library (DSI)

CRN: 50870