This web supplement for BI 301 is a work in progress, and I hope that it will be useful to you. My primary reason for developing this supplement was that I was concerned about how much time I spent in lecture giving details to supplement the concepts that I discuss, which meant that there was less time to focus on the concepts themselves. The pages associated with this site contain complete lecture notes for the material we will be covering during most of this term. My hope is that you will be able to use these to get the facts and figures presented in lecture, allowing us more time in class to explore concepts, take questions, examine particular case studies, and so forth.

Materials included are almost all text, rather than images. This doesn't make for a fancy "show," but it does: (1) speed your access to the information, since you don't have to wait for the graphics to load (less of a problem now than it used to be in the "olden days" [mid 1990's] when I started this site!) and (2) avoid my having to obtain and update permission to display copyrighted information. I will give you copies of useful graphic materials in class or make them available to you through Blackboard.

The web supplement includes:

(1) Lecture notes. - These are complete for most of the term (notes on issues related to forestry are in rough form). Click on "Contents" for a list of topics.

(2) Study guides for each unit. These are also given out as hard copy in class. The on-line study guides are useful, however, in that they contain links back to the primary portions of the lectures in which the material was discussed. Click on "Contents" to find the guide you would like to look at.

(3) Course syllabus and information about course grading and communications

(4) "Check yourself" questions. These are embedded in some of the lecture notes, and are designed to allow you to "quiz" yourself as you read through the notes. You can answer the questions, and then check yourself, by clicking to the answers.

(5) Sample exams and keys. More information about these is provided below.

(6) Opportunities for you to send questions and comments to me and/or to the rest of the class electronically. You can contact me privately via e-mail (muirp@science.oregonstate.edu), or you can post messages to me and the entire class on the Blackboard Discussion Group, which will allow us to have "virtual discussions!" (Click on communications for more information.)

(7) Links. Links are provided to other web resources that relate to the topics we discuss. While I try to check all before the term begins, I don't always have time to do so -- please let me know if you find one or more that have expired. Some are specific to particular topics and are embedded within the appropriate lecture notes, while others are more general.

(8) A course calendar, which gives links to sections of the web notes that each day's lecture actually focussed on. This may be useful if you missed something in lecture -- or missed an entire lecture.

Please do not print pages from these web materials -- they are designed and formatted for on-screen use and would be very inefficient of paper. I will provide you with handouts in class, including study guides and figures or tables of data that I show in lecture. Remember -- this course is about human impacts on ecosystems; please help diminish those by not printing these documents! .

I welcome your comments on this web supplement, whether positive or negative.

(To continue scrolling through these notes for information on reading assignments for the course, 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, click "CONTENTS." Click "Navigate," here for more information on moving within and among these documents.)

Page maintained by Patricia Muir at Oregon State University. Page last updated Oct. 18, 2013.