Undergraduate Courses Taught

Vertebrate Zoology (4) (11:704:325), Fall

The classification, evolution, ecology, and life histories of the order and families of the vertebrates, especially of the eastern United States. Course Webpage http://www.rci.rutgers.edu/~vertzo/ Lecture 3 hours, lab 3 hours. Seven field trips required, including one two-day weekend trip and one evening trip. Prerequisites: 01:119:101-102.

Principles of Ecology (11:704:351), Co-taught/Spring

Concepts underlying the organization of living systems. Environmental adaptations of species, population, and community dynamics, energetics, nutrient flux. Practical applications of ecological concepts.

Topics In Ecology and Evolution (1) (11:704:104)

Not open to seniors. Seminar-type presentations by faculty members in the ecology and natural resources curriculum designed to introduce students to the curriculum's faculty and their areas of experience in conducting research and applying their research findings, and the importance of their research to society.

The Ecology of the Jersey Shore Fall

This seminar will introduce you to basic principles in ecology through an in-depth exploration of Atlantic coast shorelines, particularly the New Jersey shore. You’ll learn the basic principles needed for understanding the natural history of the Jersey Shore: continental drift, past sea-level change, winter ice, barrier islands, tides and waves, food webs, reproduction, competition, facilitation, and succession. Field trips will explore two major ecosystems that make up the Jersey shore: the Tuckerton salt marshes (including a visit to the Rutgers Marine Field Station) and the soft sediment beaches, tidal flats, and barrier dunes of Island Beach State Park. The goal of the course is to foster your intellectual curiosity about the species that live on the Jersey Shore and to introduce you to current research ideas on how to conserve and sustainably use these species. Byrne Seminar Series http://byrneseminars.rutgers.edu/