College of Chemical & Life Sciences


BSCI361: Principles of Ecology [next: spring 2015] (syllabus pdf)

  • A 4-credit undergraduate introduction to ecology, or the study of the abundance and distribution of organisms and species in relation to the abiotic environment. Ecology is useful for predicting consequences and uncertainties associated with human‐caused changes in the environment. 3 credit hours are devoted to lecture and 1 credit hour to discussion sections.

ENTM798V: Introduction to R for Computation and Analysis in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology [fall semester] (syllabus pdf)

  • UPDATE 3/20/2015: After a 7-yr run, this seminar will not be offered Fall 2015. There are now many books and online resources that did not exist when I started this seminar in 2008. For example, see here and here. Additionally, interested R users on the College Park campus should stay tuned for news on an R meetup group.
  • A 1-credit graduate seminar to introduce students to the R software environment for statistical computing. The seminar is a hands-on workshop co-led by the instructor and by student participants in their areas of statistical or computational inquiry. Beginning and advanced students are all welcome, but basic statistical knowledge (e.g., BIOM601) is required. Personal data, or access to data of interest, is recommended, as the seminar may be more useful when used to explore your own needs and interests.
  • Click here for my guide to R resources, including installation instructions, explanation of the basic structure of the program and its packages, a bilbiography and links to useful tutorials, search engines, blogs, and more.

ENTM612: Insect Ecology [spring semester, odd years] (syllabus pdf)

  • A 3-credit, advanced graduate course in population and community ecology, plant-insect interactions, insect biodiversity and biogeography, and applied ecology, with an emphasis on current ecological & entomological literature. Insects and arthropods, which have been central to the historical development of the field of ecology, are the model organisms for the course, but we seek to understand ecological concepts and applications writ large.