Biogeography (BSC 4821), Fall 2018

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

Syllabus

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)
Aug 20, 22 Syllabus (20th) & Intro (22nd)
Aug 27, 29 History of Biogeography (2)

Concept maps!       

Sep 3, 5 LABOR DAY, Geographic Template (3)
Sep 10, 12 Ecological Foundations, Communities & Biomes (4, 5)
Sep 17, 19 Dispersal & Immigration (6)

 Sep 24, 26 Speciation & Extinction (7)

Ceballos et al. (2017)

Pablo Escobar’s hippos

Oct 1, 3 Plate Tectonics (8)
Oct 8, 10 Pleistocene (9), Midterm to you
Oct 15, 17 Diversification,

MIDTERM DUE OCT 17, 10:00 AM

Oct 22, 24 Evolutionary History
Oct 29, Oct 31 Geographic History
Nov 5, 7 Island Biogeography
Nov 12, 14 VETERANS DAY, Rules & Macroecology
Nov 19, 21 Human Biogeography, T’GIVING
Nov 26, 28 Conservation Biogeography & Our Footprint, F to you
Dec 3, 5 FINALS WEEK

FINAL DUE DEC 5, NOON