Goal of the Ecology Node | Plant Biology | SIU

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Goal of the Ecology Node

To teach, conduct research, and perform service in current and classical ecology.

Objectives of the Ecology Node:

Students should gain an understanding of current and classical theory in:

  • The hierarchical nature of ecology including the concepts of the individual, populations, communities, ecosystems, landscapes and the biosphere.

  • Succession and the dynamics of change.

  • Nutrient cycles and energetics.

  • Methodology.

  • Analytical tools.

  • Specific habitats, e.g., wetlands, grasslands, forests.

  • The interface with other disciplines in plant biology, i.e., physiology, systematics, and genetics.

  • Application of ecological principles.