Fall 2013 (taught odd falls)
Study of the fundamental concepts in field ecology. By the end of the course students will have a working toolbox of field techniques in population, community and ecosystem ecology. Specific skills that will be developed include field observation and hypothesis development, experimental design, field sampling techniques, statistics and data analysis, and written and oral presentations. The course will utilize southeastern ecosystems, local field sites, and existing experiments as an observational and experimental laboratory to gain a working knowledge of both aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems.
Van Nuland, M.E., E.N. Haag, J.A.M. Bryant, Q.D. Read, R.N. Klein, M.J. Douglas, C.E. Gorman, T.D. Greenwell, M.W. Busby, J. Collins, J. LeRoy, G. Schuchmann, J.A. Schweitzer and J. K. Bailey. 2013. Fire promotes pollinator visitation: Implications for ameliorating declines of pollination services. PLoS One 8(11): e79853.
Gorman, C.E., Q.D. Read, M.E. Van Nuland, J.A.M. Bryant, J.N. Welch, J.T. Altobelli, M.J. Douglas, M.A. Genung, E.N. Haag, D.N. Jones, H.E. Long, A.D. Wilburn, J.A. Schweitzer and J.K. Bailey. 2013. Phylogenetic similarity aboveground leads to community similarity belowground through conservatism of functional traits. AoB Plants 5.
Kuebbing S., M.A. Rodriguez-Cabal, D. Fowler, L. Breza, J.K. Bailey, J.A. Schweitzer. 2013. Resource availability and plant diversity explain the invasion of an exotic grass. Plant Ecology 6:141-149.
Lessard, J.P., W.N. Reynolds, W.A. Bunn, M.A. Genung, M.A. Cregger, E. Felker-Quinn, A.N. Barrios-Garcia, M.L. Stevenson, R.M. Lawton, C.B. Brown, M. Patrick, J.H. Rock, M.A. Jenkins, J.K. Bailey, J.A. Schweitzer. 2012. Conservation of effect strength through understory, litter and soil communities following deer herbivory. Basic and Applied Ecology 13:59-66.
Genung, M.A., J.P. Lessard, C.B. Brown, W.A. Bunn, M.A. Cregger, E. Felker-Quinn, A.S. Hartley, W.N. Reynolds, M.L. Stevenson, G.M. Crutsinger, J.A. Schweitzer and J.K. Bailey. 2010. Non-additive effects of genotypic diversity shape pollinator communities of Solidago altissima. PLoS One 5:e1-7.