Ecological Skepticism and Predictions (ESP)

Dan Binkley, Tom Stohlgren

Description:Progress in Ecology as a Predictive Science depends on the creative development of new ideas, combined with skeptical challenges to see which new ideas have power and warrant confidence. Ecology has a very rich record of historical predictions which did or did not (mostly not) come true. This seminar explores balancing skepticism and the making of prediction in ecology. We will evaluate the track record for historical predictions, and gain insights about why some were supported and some were wrong. Students will become more capable of evaluating predictions made by ecologists and others, and will have insights about developing valuable predictions of their own.

Section: 1
Credits: 1
First Meeting: 1/22/2014
Meeting Times: Wednesday January 22, 10:00-10:50
Classroom: TBA
CRN: 10362
Cross Listed:
Enrollment Limit: 15
Course Text: The Rational Optimist by Matt Ridley
Instructor Contact Info:
      Dan Binkley 16519
      Tom Stohlgren 11980