Academics

Undergraduate Courses 2018-03-19T12:48:40+00:00

Undergraduate Courses in Applied Ecology

Summer and Fall 2018

AEC 380 – Global Water Resources – Summer I

M – F 9:30 – 11:20am

This course focuses on global issues associated with water resources, including the ways that people interact with water (how we use, degrade, conserve, and advocate for water and water rights), and how these interactions shape our lives.

Contact Derek Aday: ddaday@ncsu.edu

AEC 400 – Applied Ecology

Tu/Th 1:30 – 2:45pm

Global climate change, overfishing, habitat loss, altered nutrient cycles, and the spread of invasive species are among the world’s pressing global environmental issues. Solutions to these problems are firmly rooted in the fundamental tenets of ecological theory. To help solve the environmental challenges we face, this course will work from the individual to global level to provide a broad perspective on the field of applied ecology.

Contact Craig Layman: calayman@ncsu.edu

AEC 419 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 441/442 – Biology of Fishes and Lab

Tu/Th 3:00 – 4:15pm, F 12:50 – 3:35pm

Fishes are the largest and most diverse assemblage of vertebrates on the earth with nearly 30,000 described species. This course provides an overview of ichthyology including evolution, classification, and identification of fishes and a comparative examination of divergent fish behavior, physiology, and ecology.

Contact Ben Reading: bjreadin@ncsu.edu

AEC 460 Field Ecology & Methods

Tu 8:30 – 9:45am /Th 10:15 – 1pm

This course upper class undergraduates with interests in biology to the diverse field approaches used to address ecological questions. The course considers and implements a variety of field approaches from microcosm experiments to global studies of patterns and diversity. Students will conduct both group & independent research projects.

Contact Martha Burford Reiskind: mbreiski@ncsu.edu

AEC 495 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 495 Sec 9 Environmental Issues in Aquatic Ecology

3 Credits, 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

Other Undergraduate Courses in Applied Ecology

Offered in Spring

AEC 295 Sec 1 Conservation on Islands

2 credits, T/Th 8:30-9:20am, DCL 139

Islands make up less than 5% of all land area, yet 40% of endangered and threatened species live on islands. Worse, 80% of all extinctions have occurred on islands since the 1500’s. This course will explore different island environments, biogeography, and the cutting edge of science that is attempting to prevent further extinctions on islands.

Contact Megan Serr: meserr@ncsu.edu

AEC 360 Ecology

4 credits, MWF 9:35 to 10:25am, Bostian 3317

The science of ecology, including factors which control distribution and population dynamics of organisms, structure and function of biological communities, and energy flow and nutrient cycling in ecosystems; contrasts among the major biomes; and principles governing ecological responses to global climatic and other environmental changes.

AEC 420 Intro to Fisheries Science

3 credits, T/Th 10:15 to 11:30am, FOX 104

Role of fish in aquatic ecosystems, fish biology, fish ecology, fisheries management and conservation. Emphasis on aquatic ecosystems and food webs, life history and ecology of important sport and commercial fishes, population and community dynamics, and theory and practice of fisheries management and conservation. Case studies from freshwater, estuarine and marine systems.

Contact Jesse Fischer: jrfische@ncsu.edu

AEC 450 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 495 Sec 8 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 495 Sec 4 Marine Fisheries Ecology

3 credit, TBA, CMAST

3 credit, TBA, CMAST, Contact: jabuckely@ncsu.edu This course will describe fish life histories, fisheries biological data, stock assessment approaches, management, socioeconomics, and effects of fishing on habitats. Course material will draw from a variety of sources and real world experiences of state and federal fisheries biologists and managers. This is part of the semester at coast program at CMAST.

Contact Jeff Buckel: jabuckel@ncsu.edu

AEC 495 Sec 9 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