Biogeography (BSC 4821), Fall 2017

Course Information
  • Time: Monday & Wednesday (10:30 AM -11:50 PM)
  • Room: BIO 209
  • Instructor: Dr. David Jenkins

Textbook: Lomolino et al. 2015. Biogeography. 5th Edition. Comparison shop at http://www.allbookstores.com/book/compare/0878934944

Description

Biogeography is the study of geographic variation in biota. It builds on ecology and evolution: students are expected to be conversant in both fields for this course – thus the prerequisites. Objectives for students include: (a) master major concepts of biogeography, and (b) understand the geological, evolutionary, and ecological processes that determine biogeographic patterns.

Draft Schedule:
Dates Topics (Chapters) Other Readings
Aug 20, 22 Intro, History (1) – –
Aug 27, 29 History (2)

 

Concept Maps

Vanwalleghem et al. 2017

Sep 3, 5 Labor Day (MONDAY)

Geographic Template (3)

Sep 10, 12 Species Distributions (4)
Sep 17, 19 Communities – Biomes (5)

19th: EXAM 1 TO YOU

 Sep 24, 26 24th: EXAM 1 DONE

Dispersal & Immigration (6)

Wilson et al. 2009

Capinha et al. 2015

Oct 1, 3 Speciation & Extinction (7) Grant & Grant 1993

Ceballos et al. 2017

Oct 8, 10 Tectonics (8)  Lewis & Maslin 2015
Oct 15, 17 Glaciation (9)
Oct 17, 19 Diversification (10)  Navarro-Sigüenza et al. 2017
Oct 22, 24 Reconstructing Evolution (11) Riddle et al. 2000,

Ornelas et al. 2013

Oct 29, 31 24th: EXAM 2 TO YOU

Reconstructing Geography (12)

Nov 5, 7 31st: EXAM 2 DONE

Island Biogeography (13)

Blackburn et al. 2015,

Helmus et al. 2014

 

Nov 12, 14 Veterans Day

Rules and Gradients (14)

Rosenzweig 1992,

Hillebrand 2004

Nov 19, 21 Humans & Conservation (15) Jackson et al. 2001,

Bellard et al. 2012,

McKinney 2006

Nov 26, 28 Foundations & Frontiers (16)

28th: EXAM 3 TO YOU

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Dec 3, 5 3rd: EXAM 2 DONE  FINALS WEEK