Notes for the ecosystem management case study on Wednesday are now posted. We're returning to the western U.S. yet again. There's a lot more material posted than you can possibly read before lecture on Wednesday, assuming you have a life, but please read the Executive Summary carefully and look over a couple of the other things I suggest. Feel free to read or skim other parts of the plan if you're so inclined (and thank your lucky stars that I didn't make the 2nd project an analysis of this plan).
Andre Felton pointed out a really nice article on ecosystem management that I've added to the suggested reading for Monday. My plan is still to focus on the south Florida example, but please take a look at Goldman and Tallis to see what we can learn from them that might cause us to think about south Florida differently.
I've fiddled with the lecture schedule to accommodate our recent excursion into landscape change and historical ecology. (Next time I teach this course, I'm going to change the sequence of lectures to match what we just did. I think it makes more sense this way than it did the way I originally scheduled it.) The lecture for next Monday is the ecosystem management lecture I had originally planned to get started two days ago, and the readings are the same. So we're actually a bit ahead.
As promised, I've rearranged the lecture schedule a bit. Notes on landscape change and conservation objectives are available now. I'll post a few readings in the morning.
There's a good chance that we won't cover everything on Wednesday and that we'll continue the discussion of historical ecology on Monday. If so, I'll have to do some further juggling of lectures, but I still plan to assign Project #2 on Monday the 26th.
I've posted notes and readings for Monday's lecture. Sorry for not getting them up sooner. It's been a crazy week.
I've posted links to some papers on diversity/stability issues that you may want to take a look at. I've also posted a short PDF identifying three issues about gray wolves that I'd like to spend a little time discussing at the start of class. If you have a chance, please take a look at the issues and think about them a little before 10:30.
I made it -- with 10 minutes to spare. The diversity stability notes are now posted. I'll post links to a few key papers tomorrow morning, and I'll also post a few thoughts about Project #1 that we can discuss tomorrow at the beginning of class.
First, I've decided not to assign Project #2 tomorrow as originally planned. I did so not only because I haven't had time to put it together yet,1 but also because by not assigning it until the 26th of October, I can make it focus on ecosystem-level conservation. I think that will balance the assignments better than having a second one that's species focused.2
Second, I'll have some notes on diversity and ecosystem functioning posted by sometime tonight, probably no later than 9:00pm, but maybe not much before.
Third, I think we'll spend the first part of the class period talking about the wolf assignment. In grading the papers, I noticed several issues that I'd like to talk about. Some are just factual, i.e., me clarifying a bit what the ESA does and doesn't require, but others are points where there were different conclusions. We won't discuss all of them, but I think it might be instructive to air a few of the differences and talk about them together. We may or may not agree in the end, but at least we should have a better understanding of the issues. I'll try to post a few notes outlining the points I think we'll want to discuss.
We are seeking three qualified undergrads and two qualified graduate students to participate in a field-based research expedition to study biodiversity, ecology, and evolution in selected plant groups in South Africa. The field portion will extend over about 5 weeks from ~July 20-August 24, and will involve research at 4-5 different field sites where students will conduct independent projects and will participate in group projects. Students will also be expected to enroll in a weekly seminar (1 credit during Spring semester of 2010) covering both cultural and scientific background, to be held on the UConn Storrs campus. Travel, lodging and field expenses will be paid for by a grant from the National Science Foundation for International Research Experiences for Students.
This will be the third such trip we have made to South Africa and a number of UConn undergrads and grads have participated in the past.
Interested students should submit /transcripts, resume/ (with contact information), /one //letter of recommendation/ (in a sealed, signed envelope), and /a cover letter/ that describes previous research experience, previous international experience (if any), a list of relevant courses, and a brief statement /explaining why you are interested in this experience/.
Please submit application materials by *November 2* to *Carl Schlichting*, U 3043, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Connecticut.
Students interested in participating in the course are encouraged to contact Carl Schlichting for more information before application materials are due.
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, U 3043
University of Connecticut
Storrs, CT 06269
I posted the notes and associated reading for the case study on the black sea turtle last night. Sorry for not getting them up sooner, but I think you'll find that there's not too much reading involved (though there is a lot of thinking).
I decided that we should focus on the black sea turtle alone, rather than trying to discuss the issues about definition of distinct population segments that I alluded to in lecture on Wednesday. I'm still working out the details for the next project, but I am thinking that it's likely to involve some analysis of the distinct population segments debate. I'll keep you posted (obviously).
Posted -- finally. I am gradually catching up. I'll have notes for Monday posted by tomorrow night, and I'll have readings posted (reasonably) early tomorrow morning.
I've posted links to several resources on bay checkerspots that you may find interesting. A couple of them are papers that I'll refer to in lecture. I won't have much to say about the McGlaughlin et al. paper in <em>PNAS</em>, and I probably won't say anything about the Bean paper in the <em>Idaho Law Review</em>, but I encourage you to skim them.
For any of you particularly interested in endangered species policy, the Bean paper will be particularly interesting.
Sorry these are getting up so late, but the last week has been crazy. I'll post a couple of background readings tomorrow morning. For technical reasons I can't do it (easily) from off campus.
As you can probably guess, I won't be getting your papers back to you tomorrow. I'm afraid it will be next Monday before I can. I apologize for the delay.