Dispersal and Population Connectivity

Colleen Webb

Description:Understanding the patterns of larval dispersal is a major goal of 21st century ecology. These patterns determine the probability of gene flow, or connectivity, among populations. Population connectivity, in turn, has major consequences for all aspects of an organism's biology, from individual behavior to metapopulation dynamics and from evolution within metapopulations to the origin and extinction of species. Further, understanding patterns of dispersal is critical for conservation (e.g. the design of effective networks of reserves) and management (e.g. the development of sustainable harvest). The objective of this course is to better understand dispersal and population connectivity and their implications for ecology, evolution and conservation. We will focus on both terrestrial and marine systems in order to better abstract important concepts of dispersal and connectivity. The seminar will use a discussion format (approximately two papers per week: one terrestrial and one marine), and grading will be based on weekly participation.

Section: 1
Credits: 1
First Meeting: 1/17/2017
Meeting Times: Thursdays from 1 - 2 pm
Classroom: TBD
CRN: 10362
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Enrollment Limit: 20
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Instructor Contact Info:
      Colleen Webb colleen.webb@colostate.edu 491-4289