In this blog, undergraduate students in my Conservation Biology course at NJIT will be posting links to relevant news stories that come up over the course of the semester, with a short description. The posts will be in the comments section below.
Structural Ecology is the study of how organisms interact with the 2- and 3-dimensional structure of their environment. In practice, this means trying to understand how animals respond to their surroundings as revealed by their movement, and the implication of this for their ability to survive and thrive on that landscape. Our lab studies metapopulation dynamics, individual and collective animal movements in complex landscapes, and other issues of spatial ecology and conservation. We collaborate closely with the Swarm Lab at NJIT.
The comment below contains various links to online examples of biodiversity mapping, broadly defined. These form the basis for a discussion of the nature and motivation behind such mapping efforts.
The comments below hold a series of links and short descriptions of the various responses to Peter Kareiva and Michelle Marvier’s controversial 2012 article “What is Conservation Science?”
BIOL 368 (NJIT) and 28:120:368 (Rutgers) — Fall 2016
Ecology and Evolution of Disease
This is a blog associated with the course above. Students are asked to post, in the comments section below, short vignettes of related news items that come up while the course is in session.