Population ecology
Overview
This is a 4week module for the Ichthyology 302 course. It comprises of 19 lectures and 2 practical sessions.
Formative assessment will be via the practical assignments and summative assessment will be from a final exam in November. As the module is 2/3rd of the fourth term, it will count 2/3rd of Paper 2 in the November examination.
Reading and references
These lectures are based on the following texts that are all in the library.
 Begon, M., Mortimer, M. & Thompson, D.J. 1996. Population ecology: a unified study of animals an plants. 3rd edition. Blackwell Science.
 Neal, D. 2004. Introduction to population biology. Cambridge University Press
 Quinn, T.J. & Deriso, R.B. 1999. Quantitative fish dynamics. Oxford University Press
 Rockwood, L.L. 2006. Introduction to population ecology. Blackwell Publishing.
 Vandermeer, J.H. & Goldberg, D.E. 2003. Population ecology : first principles. Princeton University Press.
Lecture  Description  Notes 

Lecture 1 Introduction to Population ecology and modelling 
Lecture 1  
Lectures 2 and 3 Mathematics revision 

Lectures 2 and 3 
Lectures 4 and 5 Laws of population growth 

Lectures 4 and 5 
Monday 6th October Cancelled for a fieldtrip 

Lectures 6 and 7 Fitting models to data 


Lectures 8 and 9 Agestructured models 


Lectures 10 and 11 Lifehistory tables 


Lecture 12 Life cycle graphs 


Lecture 13 Linear algebra 


Lectures 14 and 15 Age and stage structured matrix models 


Lectures 16 and 17 Harvesting populations 


Lecture 18 Course synopsis 


Lectures 19 and 20 Examples 

No notes 
Week  Description  Notes 

Practical 1 Growth models 


Practical 2 Matrix models 


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