ECOL 592 Interdisciplinary Seminar

Future Offerings

Sustaining River Hydroecosystems for Aquatic and Riparian Biota

Kurt Fausch, Professor

Description:In this 2-cr seminar, students will select, summarize, and discuss readings aimed at developing an integrated understanding of the geomorphological, hydrological, and ecological principles that govern river hydroecosystem structure and function, as it applies to managing rivers to sustain freshwater and riparian habitat and biota in the face of human demands and climate change. Guest faculty and scientists will be invited to interact with the group in their areas of expertise. Students will be evaluated on a synopsis of literature on a key topic and presentation of it to the class on one week, and their participation in discussions each week.

Credits: 2
Restrictions:
First Meeting: 8/24/2016
Meeting Times: Wednesday 11 am -12:50 pm
Classroom: Johnson Hall rm 122
CRN: 60164
Section Number: 1
Cross Listed:
Enrollment Limit: 16
Background: Students are expected to have an undergraduate background appropriate to gain maximum benefit from the course.
Course Text:
Instructor Contact Info:
      Kurt Fausch, Professor kurt.fausch@colostate.edu 491-6457

Interactions among Ecological Disturbances

Jason Sibold

Description:The goal of this seminar is to explore the topic of interactions among ecological disturbances. Increasing rates of ecological disturbance resulting from projected climate warming are expected to result in increasing interactions among disturbance events. Because of the often-surprising influences that prior disturbances have on the characteristics and/or results of subsequent disturbances, disturbance interactions are viewed as central to understanding climate change impacts on plant communities. In this seminar we will discuss the key papers on ecological disturbance interactions. Students will be partially graded on attendance and discussion along with synthesis of ideas from the assigned readings and other relevant papers identified in literature searches.

Credits: 1
Restrictions:
First Meeting: 8/24/2016
Meeting Times: Wednesdays 12:00-12:50
Classroom: GSB346
CRN: 60165
Section Number: 2
Cross Listed:
Enrollment Limit: 12
Background: General ecology
Course Text:
Instructor Contact Info:
      Jason Sibold jason.sibold@colostate.edu 491-4801

Principles of Data Visualization Using R and ggplot2

Nathan Lemoine, Andrew Felton

Description:Data visualization is a critical component of scientific communication, yet many scientists are unaware of the fundamental principles that yield good scientific graphs. This course will introduce students to the theory behind constructing accurate, meaningful graphics based on the seminal work of Edward Tufte and William Cleveland. Students will learn to produce scientific charts suitable for publication or presentation using R, specifically the ggplot2 graphics package. Classes will be interactive, with students programming graphs along with the instructor. At the end of the course, students will give a presentation using their own (or pre-supplied) data to demonstrate their ability to think critically about graphical needs and to subsequently produce meaningful, accurate, high quality charts.

Credits: 1
Restrictions:
First Meeting: 8/22/2016
Meeting Times: Mondays @ 9 am
Classroom: Yates rm 206
CRN: 60170
Section Number: 3
Cross Listed:
Enrollment Limit: 15
Background: None, although some R will be helpful
Course Text:
Instructor Contact Info:
      Nathan Lemoine Nate.Lemoine@colostate.edu 713-256-7122
      Andrew Felton Andrew.Felton@colostate.edu

 

Previous Offerings

Previous ECOL 592 course descriptions available on the Past 592 page.