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INTRODUCTION TO THE MODULE

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LEARNING OUTCOMES

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Basic concepts in ecology Applications Spatial awareness Network IT tools-savvy

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LECTURES...

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LECTURERS
N. Sivasothi - first five lectures sivasothi@nus.edu.sg; IM: sivasothi@live.com Lose one lecture to CNY. Li Daiqin - next four Richard Corlett - final third (global) After lecture a good time to catch us!
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READINGS...

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BOOKS?
Molles, M. C. Jr., 2007. Ecology: concepts and applications, 4th edition. McGraw-Hill, 604 pp. Smith, T. M. & Smith, R. L., 2009. Elements of Ecology. 7th Edition. Pearson International Edn/Benjamin Cummings. 649pp. Most general biology or ecology textbooks. Keep an eye on the key terms/concepts. Lecture is merely a primer, READ!! Local/regional examples
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The book is too wordy. Read regularly!

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JOURNAL PAPERS
Papers will be cited in some lectures. Broader perspective and specific examples. I wont go overboard since this is an introductory course. Be able to express the main points in your own words (summary).

Hey sesame! URL

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NEWS!
Reading blogs and news sites provide a foundation or supplement to the reading you encounter in books and journals. Some examples include: Science Daily (News) http://www.sciencedaily.com/ Not Exactly Rocket Science (blog) http://scienceblogs.com/notrocketscience/ecology/ WildSingapore News (news) http://wildsingaporenews.blogspot.com/

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WildSingapore News RSS and Email subscription

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RELATE NEWS TO THEORY

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PRACTICALS...

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Extinction Game

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EXTINCTION GAME
Game of Ecology: illustrates pro/con of interactions: play aggressively! (20 Jan 2011) Short notes to get you started; Read before coming for practical; see: weblinks.
http://tinyurl.com/lsm2251-extinction-short

Consult detailed notes on play strategy during the practical: play to win!
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Strategy
Play aggressively - this way you will expose
more elements of the game

Be decisive, gamble - play fast. Dont hold


up the game, learn from your mistakes. competition and predation

Be clear about the difference between

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PULAU UBIN
Half day field trip, introduction to: Birds, ecosystems/vegetation Use of identification guides and maps Binocular 10 x 40 - 1 per person! 6.15am pick up: you can register your choice of pick up location (e.g. Jurong East, NUS,
Ang Mo Kio, Serangoon and Tampines)
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GROUP PROJECTS (40%)


You have been sorted into groups of 4. Objective: conduct and present a project on some aspect of the ecology of a local species. Proposal: 17 Feb 2011 (formal) Consultation: 10 Mar 2011 Symposium: 24 Mar 2011
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PROJECT GUIDELINES

Wild animal, ecosystem in Singapore Distribution, abundance TA-mentors and lecturers will guide you

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PROJECT PRESENTATIONS
Five or six groups per TA; one section of Lab 7 TA = chairperson Take turns to present (5 mins) Pre-proposal presentation Progress report

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Other experiences

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Google MAPS
Not a practical, to explore, see: http:// tinyurl.com/lsm2251-mapprac Get to know your compass , maps and geography Islands and rivers. Learn to use to maps in reports. Get a gmail account.

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1st years eld trip

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ICCS 2010

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Bat field trip?

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Intensity of bat calls in Kent Ridge


Ong Say Lin et al., 2009

Ecology Asia

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Labrador rocky shore

No practical - cliff unsafe Will monitor.

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EXAM AND CAS

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