Graduate Courses in Applied Ecology

Fall 2017

AEC 502 – Introduction to Biological Research

Tu/Th 9:10 to 10am

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 515 – Fish Physiology

Tu/Th 10:15 to 11:30am

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.

Contact Ben Reading: bjreadin@ncsu.edu

AEC 592 Sec 014 – Genetics of Invasive Species

1 credit hour M or W TBA

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.

Contact Martha Burford Reiskind: mbreiski@ncsu.edu

AEC 592 Sec 015 – Agricultural Chemical Risk Assessment

Time TBA

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.

Contact Catherine LePrevost: celeprev@ncsu.edu

AEC 761 – Conservation Biology for a Changing Climate

Tu/Th 11:45 to 1pm

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 Nick Haddad: nick_haddad@ncsu.edu

Other Graduates Courses

AEC 501 – Ornithology: The biology of birds. Lecture topics include evolution, functional morphology, physiology, ecology and behavior. Field and museum laboratories emphasize particular aspects of morphology, ecology and behavior, as well as taxonomy and identification.One coastal weekend field trip required. Units: 4 – Offered in Fall Only (Alternate Even Years).

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 550 – Conservation Genetics: The main objective of this course is to expose upper division undergraduate students and graduate students to conservation genetic tools and applications. Students will learn the genetic and genomic theory and methods commonly used in conservation and management of species. In addition, the course will provide hands-on experience working on current conservation projects here at North Carolina State University. Working in groups, the students will collect, run, and analyze those data for a scientific paper. The final project for all students will be a conservation genetic grant proposal. Units: 3 – Offered in Spring Only.

AEC 586 – Aquaculture: Biological and general principles of aquaculture. Emphasis on the present status of aquaculture, species involved, techniques employed, and problems encountered. Discussion of recent advances in research and development and identification of areas of future research and development. Units: 3 – Offered in Spring 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 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).