This course will employ a variety of instructional methods to accomplish its objectives, including some of the following:
- Field Work
- DVDs/Digital Media
- Individual and/or Team Projects
- Small Group Discussions
- Analysis of Maps, Air Photos and Satellite Imagery
- Spatial concepts in Geography and Biogeography
- The Science of Biogeography
- Taxonomic, ecological and trophic hierarchies
- Organization of Life
- Populations, communities, ecosystems and biomes
- Vegetation structure and formations
- Realms, regions and provinces
- The Physical Environment and the Distribution of Life
- Patterns and influences of solar radiation, temperature, moisture and soil
- Interacting physical controls on geographic distributions
- Biological Interactions and the Distribution of Life
- Predation competition, symbiosis
- Combined physical and biological controls on geographic distribution
- Environmental gradients and niches
- Temporal/Historical Influences on the Distribution of Life
- Plate tectonics and continental drift
- Past and future climate change
- Dispersal, colonization and invasion
- Evolution, speciation and extinction
- Description and Interpretation of Biogeographic Distributions
- Geographic range
- Mapping biogeographic distributions
- Endemism, provincialism and disjunction
- Reconstructing biogeographic histories
- Conservation biogeography
- Human impacts on the distribution of life
At the conclusion of the course the student will be able to:
- Describe and use the frameworks of science applicable to 2nd-year physical geography.
- Think critically and examine biogeographical concepts and issues at population, community, ecosystem and biome levels.
- Describe and explain the major biotic and abiotic influences on organism growth and distribution in terrestrial, marine and freshwater environments.
- Communicate effectively using the language, graphical presentation methods and quantitative methods employed in physical geography.
- Connect theoretical applications to “real-world” observations and measurements.
The evaluation will be based on course objectives and will be carried out in accordance with Douglas College student evaluation policy. The instructor will provide a written course outline with specific evaluation criteria during the first week of classes.
An example of an evaluation scheme would be:
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Texts will be updated periodically. A typical example of a text would be:
- Cox, C.B. and Moore, P.D. (2010). Biogeography: An Ecological and Evolutionary Approach, (8th Ed.). New York: John Wiley and Sons, Inc., New York.
- Ganderton, P. and Coker, P. (2005). Environmental Biogeography. Pearson Education Ltd., Harlow.
- MacDonald, Glen. (2003). Biogeography: Introduction to Space, Time and Life. New York: John Wiley and Sons, Inc., New York.