Ecology 216: Ecology and Agriculture

4 Units, Offered Fall Quarter, Every Other Year (even years)
Course Instructor: Louise Jackson, Land, Air and Water Resources

1. Course format: Three hour lecture and discussion. Examine ecological principles and relationships as related to agriculture, and integrate ecological approaches into solving agricultural problems, e.g. utilization of biodiversity and ecosystem functions. Topics include crop autoecology, biotic interactions, agricultural systems, and ecology of agricultural landscapes.

2. Prerequisites: Upper division; graduate student. PLB 142 or consent of instructor.

3. Text used: Readings from specific literature in basic and applied agricultural ecology

4. Mode of grading: Letter grade

5. Topical outline:

Introduction to agricultural ecology and types of research approaches
Autecology: Crop growth patterns, resource use, and limiting factors
Community ecology: Examples of biotic interactions in agriculture
Ecosystems: Defining agroecosystems and their services
Landscape ecology: Interfaces between natural and agricultural systems
Linking agricultural ecology with policy: Climate change mitigation and adaptation
Agricultural intensification: Ecological approaches for sustainable intensification
Agrobiodiversity: Biodiversity use and conservation during agricultural transitions
Land use change: Understanding socio-ecological processes for agricultural decisions
Global perspectives on the future of agricultural ecology

Registrar's Ecology Course Descriptions