Ecological Modelling ENVS 406/607

Faculty of Natural Resources and Environmental Studies

University of Northern British Columbia

Professor J.D. Ackerman

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Winter 2002

PROFESOR:             Dr.  J.D. Ackerman Admin 3075 960-5839  ackerman@unbc.ca

OFFICE HOURS:    Monday    5:00-6:00; Wednesday   2:00-3:00 or by appointment

LOCATION:            Library 5-172            Monday & Wednesday 3:30-4:20
                                  Library 5-154            Thursday   2:30-5:20

HOMEPAGE:           envs406.htm

TEACHING ASSISTANT: TBA

COURSE OBJECTIVES:
To develop an understanding of theoretical and mathematical approaches in Biology with specific emphasis on Ecological Models.  Lecture topics include deterministic and stochastic models of population growth, stock recruitment, biotic interactions, transport phenomena, management of resources, and curve fitting.  Laboratory exercises will complement lecture topics and focus on the development of computer-based modelling skills.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
1) Student: open mind / willing to discuss and exchange views to participate
                  Academic integrity/offence (see UNBC Calendar)
2) Professor: responsive to students
                  Fair and equitable

PROBLEMS:  See one me or have me recommend someone for you to see.

PREREQUISITE:   BIOL 201 and MATH 152 (or MATH 100&101), or by permission.

COURSE TEXT:
            Required:       Ford, A. 1999. Modeling the Environment. Island Press,
                                               Washington, DC. 401pp.
                                    Vandermeer, J. 1990. Elementary Mathematical Ecology. Kreiger
                                               Publishing, Malabar, FL. 294 pp.

LAB MANUAL: To be distributed in lab.

EVALUATION:
Lab Assignments:  25%      8 regular lab assignments (2%) + Programming (9%)
Midterm Exam:     15%       In Class; includes lab and lecture material.
Term Project:       35%        Computer-based model and literature (10% + 5% + 20%).
                                            (example of term paper [ + prospectus] by Joan Pereverzoff, 1998)
Final Exam:          25%        During final exam period; lab and lecture inclusive.
                           100%
 

LATE ASSIGNMENTS: Not accepted without prior arrangement (penalty imposed).
 

LECTURE OUTLINE

Date         Lecture Topic             Section in Literature

 Part I Modelling Populations and Growth

 7 Jan 02  (L1) Models in Ecology                           Ford Chap 1, 15, 22, App. J
 9 Jan 02  (L2)  Population Growth                         Vand. Chap. 1; Ford Chap 3
14 Jan 02 (L3) Differential and Integral Calculus      Vand. Chap. 1
16 Jan 02 (L4) Logistic Growth I                            Vand. Chap. 3; Ford Chap 6
21 Jan 02 (L5) Logistic Growth II                           Vand. Chap. 3; Ford Chap 6
23 Jan 02 (L6) Linear Algebra Applications I          Vand. Chap. 2; Ford App.
28 Jan 02 (L7) Linear Algebra Applications II         Vand. Chap. 2; Ford App.
30 Jan 02 (L8) Alternate Growth Models                Brown & Rothery Chap.  1
 4 Feb 02  (L9) Chaos                                            Vand. Chap. 3

 Part II -  Modelling in Time and Space

 6 Feb 02 (L10) Fitting Models                               Ford Chap 15
11 Feb 02 (L11) Descriptive Statistics                    Brown & Rothery Chap. 6
13 Feb 02 (L12) Inferential Statistics                      Brown & Rothery Chap. 6
25 Feb 02 (L13) Random Variables                       Ford Chap 18

27 Feb 02 (L14) Mid-Term Exam

 4 Mar 02  (L15) Time Series Analysis                   Ford Chap 17
 6 Mar 02    (L16) Spectral Analysis                       TBA
11 Mar 02  (L17) Spatial Pattern                            Vand. Chap. 6; Ford App.

 Part III -  Modelling Biological Interactions

13 Mar 02  (L18) Competition I                            Vand. Chap. 7
18 Mar 02 (L19) Competition II                            Vand. Chap. 7
20 Mar 02 (L20) Intraguild Predation                     Vand. Chap. 7
25 Mar 02 (L21) Predator-Prey I                          Vand. Chap. 8
27 Mar 02 (L22) Predator-Prey II                         Vand. Chap. 8

 Part IV Modelling Biophysical Interactions

 3 Apr 02 (L23) Advection-Diffusion I                    TBA
 8 Apr 02 (L24) Advection-Diffusion II                   TBA
10 Apr 02(L25)  Advection-Diffusion III                 TBA

Please note that the schedule may change.

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Laboratory Outline

Laboratories will begin on Thursday January 10, 2002.

Laboratory # 1 - WWW Mathematical, Modelling, and Statistical Resources & Introduction to STELLA

Laboratory # 2 - Mathematical Functions using the computer I  (EXCEL Programming)

Laboratory # 3 - Mathematical Functions using the computer II (MAPLE Programming)

Laboratory # 4 - Numerical Modelling in BASIC

Laboratory # 5 - Population Growth Modelling

Laboratory # 6 - Statistical Modelling

Laboratory # 7 - Temporal and Spatial Modelling

Laboratory # 8  -  Introduction to DYNAMIC MODELLING in STELLA

Laboratory # 9 -  Dynamic Programming in STELLA

Laboratory # 10 - Dynamic Programming in STELLA

Laboratory # 11 - Dynamic Programming in STELLA

Laboratory # 12 - Poster Presentations
 

RESERVE READINGS
 

GENERAL READING
  JOURNALS

The following is a partial list of journals from the UNBC Library that may have appropriate papers for your assignments and general interests.  Remember that thousands of other journals are available through interlibrary loan (also consult mod-res.htm).
 



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