Copyright 1998, Patricia S. Muir

These notes provide an introduction to the material that will be discussed in BI301, Human Impacts on Ecosystems during winter term, 2014, and to course procedures. Notes on two of the topics that we'll discuss in the first lecture are included here as well (see "What is an ecosystem?" and "Causation in environmental sciences" near the bottom of this page.

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BI390000.gif Course Syllabus : Contains information on course goals, calendar, topics, and corresponding reading assignments.

BI390000.gif Course Instructor

BI390000.gif Course Communications : Contains information on how to communicate with me (Dr. Muir, course instructor), our Teaching Assistant, or the rest of the class.

BI390000.gif Navigate : Contains information on how to move within and among these pages.

Material in this introduction is organized as follows (you can jump to any of the listed topics by clicking on the highlighted word or phrase):

BI390000.gif Web Supplement (describes this supplement in more detail, including rationale for its inclusion)

BI390000.gif Readings (philosophy and requirements; for a week-by-week list of readings, click Syllabus )

BI390000.gif Exams and quizzes (describes philosophy and style; to see sample exams, click "Exams," here; for grading policy, click "Grading" here).

BI390000.gif Study guides (describes use of the study guides; to see a listing of available study guides, click "Contents" at the bottom of this page).

BI390000.gif Topics for this term (brief discussion of topics to be discussed; click "Contents" at the bottom of this page for a full listing)


BI390000.gif What is an ecosystem (describes ecosystems, their properties, and services they provide)

BI390000.gif Causation in environmental sciences (discusses alternative levels of causation)

BI390000.gif Relevant web links (provides some relevant links to other Web resources, emphasizing general sources of environmental and ecological information; additional links are provided from within lecture notes)

(To continue scrolling through these notes for information on this web supplement, click the box labeled ">>" at the bottom of this page; to return to previous sections, click the box labeled "<<," and to return to the overall table of contents for the BI301 web site, click "CONTENTS." Click "Navigate," here for more information on moving within and among these documents.)

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