Ecology  (3400778)
Common Subjects
Course  :  Master's Course
Subject Type  :  Interdisciplinary Subject
Instructor  :  Professor NATSUHARA, Yoshihiro
Professor SUGITANI, Kenichiro
Professor YODA, Ken
Credits  :  2
Semester  :  Autumn
Class schedule  :  Wed.   2nd
Classroom  :  Lecture Room 1/Environmental Studies Hall
This course is introduction to basic ecology for students who study ecology for the first time. The students learn wide range of ecological knowledge to realize harmony of the global environment and human activities. The course includes ecosystem ecology, conservation ecology, and behavioral ecology.
1. Orientation
2. Introduction to ecosystem: Global system and ecosystem
3. Introduction to ecosystem: Structure and elements of ecosystem
4. Introduction to ecosystem: Material cycle in ecosystem
5. Introduction to ecosystem: Structural analysis of ecosystem and isotopes
6. Introduction to conservation ecology: Distribution and dynamics of population
7. Introduction to conservation ecology: Species interaction
8. Introduction to conservation ecology: Extinction of species
9. Introduction to conservation ecology: Linkage in ecosystems
10. Introduction to conservation ecology: Ecosystem services
11. Introduction to behavioral ecology: Evolution by natural selection and genetic drift
12. Introduction to behavioral ecology: Optimal strategy
13. Introduction to behavioral ecology: Evolutionary stable strategy
14. Introduction to behavioral ecology: Sexual selection
15. Introduction to behavioral ecology: Kin selection

Home exercise will be provided
Grading Criteria
Based on reports (three times)
Course Textbook
No textbook is used.
Handout will be provided.
Recommended Reference Books, Other Study Material, and notes
Ecology, Begon, Townsend & Harper, Blackwell
Provided in the class
Language in class
▪ Presentation & Materials : Japanese only
▪ Oral explanations : Japanese only
▪ Questions in English : Available
e-mail address / Tel No / Room of Instructor(s)
N227 at Liberal Arts and Sciences Main Building, (Natuhara)
N229 at Liberal Arts and Sciences Main Building, (Sugitani)
N227 at Liberal Arts and Sciences Main Building, (Yoda)