Spring 2020

Seminar in Ecology: Plant-animal Interactions

Listed in: Biology, as BIOL-434

Formerly listed as: BIOL-47


Ethan J. Temeles (Section 01)


Most animals on Earth obtain their energy from green plants, and, thus, it is not surprising that interactions between plants and animals have played a prominent role in our current understanding of how ecological processes such as predation, parasitism, and mutualism shape evolutionary patterns in plants and animals. The main topics that we will discuss in this seminar include pollination, fruit and seed dispersal, deception, herbivory, and phytocarnivory, considering both ecological and evolutionary perspectives. We will also examine the biodiversity consequences of the loss of these associations via human-induced environmental change. Class readings emphasize the relevant primary literature. Students will have the opportunity to lead discussion and present independent literature research in both oral and written format. Three classroom hours per week.

Requisite: One of the following Biology courses: BIOL 201, 211, 230, 280/1, 320/1, or consent of the instructor. Limited to 15 students. Not open to first-year students. Spring semester. Professor Temeles.

If Overenrolled: Preference given to upper level students and majors


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2020-21: Offered in Spring 2021
Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Fall 2009, Fall 2011, Spring 2013, Fall 2014, Spring 2016, Spring 2019, Spring 2020