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Graduate Courses 2018-03-09T16:06:30+00:00

Graduate Courses in Applied Ecology

Fall 2018

AEC 502 Introduction to Biological Research

Tu/Th 8:30 – 9:20am

The main objective is to develop the tools and skills needed to excel in graduate school.  Topics range from practical skills to the philosophical. There will be a specific focus on proposal writing and professional presentation. Emphasis will be placed on peer collaboration and feedback, developing important professional relationships.

Contact Craig Layman: calayman@ncsu.edu

AEC 519 Freshwater Ecology

Tu/Th 10:15 – 11:30am, W 10:15am – 1:00pm

Learn about: invertebrates that attract fish with lures; how fish odor affects whole ecosystems; killer lakes; streams feed the forest trees and animals; nutrients spiral downstream; climate change affects fish and food webs; water-borne diseases and aquatic insects that vector diseases; myriad sources and impacts of pollution on biodiversity and human health, and some true fish stories!

Contact Brad Taylor: brad.taylor@ncsu.edu

AEC 592 Sec 006 Management of Small Impoundments

TBA

Students will sample Lake Raleigh fishes and habitat using a variety of gears, including electrofishing, trap netting, gill netting, hoop netting, and seining. Students will learn the tools to analyze and interpret field data and prepare a fishery assessment report.

Contact Tom Kwak: tom_kwak@ncsu.edu

AEC 592 Sec 008 Science Writing for Scientists

Tu/Th 10:15 – 11:30am

In this course graduate students will learn how to write scientific articles for the public. The class will include a mix of guest speakers (authors), critical reading of example texts (books and articles) and lessons on writing. The format will be discussion based.

Contact Rob Dunn: rrdunn@ncsu.edu

AEC 592 Sec 009 Environmental Issues in Aquatic Ecology

Tu/Th 3:00 – 4:15pm

This course will discuss current events affecting our freshwater and marine resources, with historical background and prognosis. Topics in this course will cover State and Federal policies and regulations, nutrient enrichment, aquatic plants and human disease, status of our fisheries and much more.

Contact JoAnn Burkholder: jburk@ncsu.edu

AEC 592 Sec 012 Machine Learning

W 12:50 – 2:40pm

A wide range of high-throughput technologies enable us to evaluate biological systems at various levels. The next great challenge is integrating data analysis in a systems biology approach that utilizes novel supervised machine learning methods. The course will focus on how these machine learning tools may be used to analyze biological data, in particular gene and protein expression.

Contact Ben Reading: bjreadin@ncsu.edu

AEC 761 Conservation Biology for a Changing Climate

Tu/Th 1:30 to 2:45pm

We will on the concepts and theories in ecology and impacts of climate change that have the greatest potential for biological conservation. The recurrent question will be: how can we apply ecology and knowledge of change to our physical environment to improve conservation of species, biodiversity, and ecosystem services?

Contact Martha Burford Reiskind: mbreiski@ncsu.edu

AEC 726 Quantitative Fish Management

TBA

The course will cover methods for assessment and management of exploited fish populations, including sampling methods, data analysis, and modeling. Instruction will include using the program R to manipulate, analyze, and create graphical representations of fisheries data.  Course time and location to be determined for enrolled students prior to the beginning of the semester.

Contact Jesse Fischer: jrfische@ncsu.edu

Graduate Courses in Applied Ecology

Spring 2018

AEC 503 Foundations of Ecology

2 credits, M 9:35‐11:25am, DCL 139

This course will introduce graduate students to the major concepts and theories in ecology. We will cover population, community and ecosystem ecology, evolutionary ecology, and applied ecology, and introduce students how to critically evaluate scientific papers.

Contact Becky Irwin: reirwin@ncsu.edu

AEC 501 Ornithology

4 credits, M/W 8:30‐9:45am, DCL 102; Friday (Lab) 8:00‐11:00am, DCL 282
Preqs: ZO 201 or 303; BO 360 or ZO260

Our goal for this course is to build a foundation of knowledge about birds in a way that will stimulate you to keep learning about them for the rest of your life. Our approach will be to focus primarily on the behavior and ecology of birds and the development of field skills.

Contact Ted Simons: simons@ncsu.edu

AEC 550 Conservation Genetics

3 credits, T/Th 11:45‐1:00pm, DCL 139

Conservation genetics exposes students to genetic and genomic theory and methods commonly used in conservation and management of species.

Contact Martha Burford Reiskind: mbreiski@ncsu.edu

AEC 586 Aquaculture

3 credits, T/Th 10:15‐11:30am, DCL 102

This course will explore the many unique facets involved in the farming of aquatic plants and animals. Emphasis will be placed on the practical aspects of culturing organisms in an aquatic environment, general principles involved with reproduction and selective breeding, water quality management, nutrition, engineering and economics.

Contact Harry Daniels: hdaniels@ncsu.edu

AEC 592, Sec 010 Science Communication

1 credit, W 11:45‐12:45pm, DCL 139

This course is an introduction to science communication and how to present science effectively and creatively on the web and in other visual formats.

Contact Neil McCoy: nlmccoy@ncsu.edu

AEC 592, Sec 005 Bioenergetics Modeling

2 Credits, M/W 1:30‐2:45pm, DCL 139 (8 week course)

In this class you will gain a conceptual understanding of bioenergetics principles and learn how to construct and apply bioenergetics models to address research and management questions. The course format will include a mix of lectures, literature reading and discussion, hands‐on modeling exercises and an individual project. Students will need to bring a laptop computer.

Contact Jim Rice: jrice@ncsu.edu

AEC 592, Sec 011 Foundations of Freshwater Science

2 Credits, W 9:35‐11:25am, DCL 139

This course explores the foundational concepts and theories in freshwater science, ranging from fisheries to geomorphology. The course is suitable for graduate students at any career stage. The course format includes readings from the primary literature, student‐led discussions, citation analyses, and written commentaries to be included in a future publication similar to the Foundations of Ecology and Foundations of Fisheries Science.

Contact Brad Taylor: bwtaylo3@ncsu.edu

AEC 592, Sec 014 Community Ecology

3 Credits, T/Th 8:30‐9:45am, DCL 102

This course explores the mechanisms structuring ecological communities. Topics covered include two‐species interactions, multispecies interactions, ecological networks, biodiversity and ecosystem functioning, estimation of and regulation of species diversity, community succession, and biogeography. Emphasis will be on concepts and theory, quantitative and mathematical models, experimental and other empirical approaches, and hands‐on use of data sets and computer software to address questions in community ecology.

Contact Brad Taylor: bwtaylo3@ncsu.edu

AEC 592, Sec 013 Environmental Issues in Aquatic Ecology

3 Credits, time and location TBA

This course will discuss current events affecting our freshwater and marine resources, with historical background and prognosis. Topics in this course will cover State and Federal policies and regulations, nutrient enrichment, aquatic plants and human disease, status of our fisheries and much more.

Contact JoAnn Burkholder: jburk@ncsu.edu

Other Graduates Courses

AEC 502 – Introduction to Biological Research
The main objective is to develop the tools and skills needed to excel in graduate school.  Topics range from practical skills to the philosophical. There will be a specific focus on proposal writing and professional presentation. Emphasis will be placed on peer collaboration and feedback, developing important professional relationships. Offered in Fall.

AEC 515 – Fish Physiology
The main objective of this course is to examine the similarities and differences between structural parts and their functional systems in an extraordinary assemblage of organisms, the fishes. The content of the course will emphasize evolutionary relationships between fish groups and comparative physiology of divergent forms and life histories. Offered in Fall.

AEC 519 – Freshwater Ecology: The course explores the structure and function of streams, lakes, and wetlands, including physical, chemical and biological controls of productivity and species composition of aquatic plants and animals and effects of pollution on organisms and water quality. The laboratory emphasizes modern, hands-on techniques for answering fundamental and applied questions. One local weekend field trip required. Credit in both AEC 419 and AEC 519 is not allowed. Units: 4 – Offered in Fall Only (Alternate Even Years).

AEC 587 – Aquaculture Laboratory: Methods and techniques of cultivating aquatic organisms. Field trips and reports on local hatcheries and facilities required.[Three to four overnight field trips taken on week days to coastal areas, state hatcheries, and private hatcheries; students responsible for shared room costs and their meals. Four field trips also taken on laboratory day within driving range of Raleigh.] Units: 1 – Offered in Spring Only (Alternate Even Years).

AEC 592 Sec 014 – Genetics of Invasive Species
This graduate seminar will explore the genetic tools used to identify and monitor invasive species. We will focus on current papers using a variety of genetic approaches to the conservation of species impacted by invasion or the identification and management of invasive species. Offered in Fall.

AEC 592 Sec 015 – Agricultural Chemical Risk Assessment
This new blended learning course brings together on-campus and online students to learn about the risks and benefits of agricultural chemicals in relation to human and environmental health. In this course, students will learn how to conduct and communicate human health and ecological agricultural chemical risk assessments, including hazard and exposure assessments. Course content includes emerging technologies and issues and ways to apply them in the field. Offered in Fall.

AEC 630 – Special Topics in AEC: Special Topics in AEC. Topics will vary. Units: 1-6 – Offered in Fall Spring Summer.

AEC 726 – Quantitative Fisheries Management: Current methods for assessment and management of exploited fish populations, including sampling methods, data analysis and modeling. A required research paper or project. Units: 3 – Offered in Fall Only (Alternate Even Years).

AEC 761 – Conservation Biology for a Changing Climate
We will on the concepts and theories in ecology and impacts of climate change that have the greatest potential for biological conservation. The recurrent question will be: how can we apply ecology and knowledge of change to our physical environment to improve conservation of species, biodiversity, and ecosystem services? Offered in Fall.