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16:215:507. Advanced Plant Systematics (3)
Prerequisites: Principles of Botany or Vascular Plant Systematics.
A broad, evolutionary overview of major groups of vascular plants, from club mosses and ferns to conifers and flowering plants. Principles of classification and field identification, morphology and basic concepts in evolutionary studies in botany. Independent project.


16:215:508. Advanced Plant Systematics Lab (1)
Prerequisites: Advanced Plant Systematics (taken at the same time or earlier).
Developing skills in plant ID, learning vouchering techniques, phylogentic analysis, and understanding macroevolutionary patterns in morphology and species diversification. Digital and online tools and resources will be strongly emphasized.


16:215:520. Landscape Ecology (3)
Landscape ecology is a sub-discipline of ecology, focusing on spatial relationships and the interactions between organisms and habitat. This hybrid course is an applied, project-focused, comprehensive introduction to the field.  Emphasis is on hands-on practical experience through labs and case studies.

Offered even years only

Spring & Fall

16:215:550 Advanced Evolution (1)
Struwe and Duffy
Journal club in evolution including examination of major elements of organismal evolutionary theory. Emphasis on phylogenetics, genetic variation, natural selection, adaptation, and speciation. Demonstration of methodology and software programs

  • Offered fall and spring semesters on a varying schedule


16:215:554 Molecular Ecology (3)
This course will explore how new tools from genetics and genomics are revolutionizing our understanding of ecology. We will learn how to use DNA to infer behavior, kinship, historical demography, dispersal patterns, natural selection, community composition, and conservation genetics, among other topics. The emphasis of the course will be on giving students the theoretical understanding and practical skills they need to apply these cutting-edge tools themselves.


16:215:565 Community Dynamics (4)
Patterns and processes involving sets of two or more coexisting species. Theoretical and empirical studies.

Odd Years

16:215:575. Quantitative Ecology and Evolution (3)
Prerequisites: Calculus.
A survey of the application of multivariate statistical methods to the analysis of problems in ecology and evolution. Topics covered include cluster analysis, ordination, discriminant function analysis, canonical correlation, multivariate analysis of variance, and analysis of repeated measures.

  • Offered on varying schedule usually in the fall semester of odd years


16:215:585. Introduction to Ecological and Environmental Modeling (3)
Prerequisites: College-level calculus and basic statistics.
Review of the background mathematical and statistical tools necessary in pursuing ecological and environmental modeling. General model formulation, validation, hypothesis testing, non-linear phenomena, and forecasting.


16:215:587 Urban Ecology (3)
This course provides an overview of ecology in and of cities, including responses of organisms to urbanization, socio-ecological linkages, and urban planning and design as it relates to biodiversity.

Offered in even years only

Varies From Year to Year

16:215:588. Topics in Advanced Ecology (3)
Various faculty
Literature review and synthesis of a selected current topic in applied or theoretical ecology.

  • Varies from year to year, faculty and topics vary by semester.
  • Check the current schedule of classes online. Courses will have a synopsis as they are offered on this website

Even Years

16:215:590:01 Population Ecology (4 credits)
A basic understanding of the biology of single species populations is an essential part of ecological literacy. This course will use a “hands on” approach combining real world examples and data together with explorations of model populations using R to provide insights about basic population processes and quantitative approaches. Topics will include continuous-time and discrete-time population growth models, estimation of population growth rates, survivorship analysis, life tables, age- and stage-specific population projection matrices, complex population dynamics in simple and stage-structured populations, alternate population models, population viability analysis, metapopulation dynamics, SIR models, and simple models of interspecific interactions.

Offered on varying schedule usually in the fall semester of even years


16:215:598:01 Foundations of Ecology (3 credits)
Winfree (Offered on a vaarying basis)
This course is designed for first- and second-year graduate students, and provides an overview of concepts and current topics in the field of ecology. Topics include biodiversity and biogeography; life histories; population biology; herbivory, predation and parasitism; mutualism; and global change and conservation.
All assigned readings are provided as pdfs available on the course Sakai site. Major assignments include writing an NSF-GRFP style grant proposal, OR a 10-page research paper; and a 10-minute presentation.
Meets once a week for 3 hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: None for graduate students; for undergraduates, permission of instructor and the Graduate School.


Fall Required

16:215:601 Seminar in Ecology (1)
Malin Pinsky and invited E&E faculty
Introductory seminar required for all first year Ph.D. and M.S. Ecology and Evolution students.
Required core course for Ph.D. and M.S. students in Ecology and Evolution Graduate Program.


16:215:602 Ethics and Development in Ecology and Evolution (1)
Julie Lockwood
This course covers applying for academic jobs, presentations at professional meetings, basics of scientifc writing and training in responsible conduct in research. The course will provide a firm foundation in the ethics associated with collaboration, publishing, peer review and mentoring.
Required core course for Ph.D. and M.S. students in Ecology and Evolution Graduate Program

Varies From Year to Year

16:215:599;600;603;604. Special Topics in Ecology (BA)
Various faculty
Topics vary by semester. Current listing can be found on the on-line schedule of classes and a synopsis of the classes will be listed below in the semester they are offered.
Topics in the past have included: Microbial Ecology; Selfish Genetic Elements; Field Ecology; Biology of the Ericaceae; Environmental and Cultural Behavior; Ecological Economics, Ecological Networks, and Experimental Ecology.


16:215:599:01 Advanced Ecological Data Anaysis
Course syllabus (PDF)

Malin Pinsky and Rae Winfree

16:215:600:02 Mathematical and Computational Methods in Theoretical Biology
Juan Bonachela
Theoretical models are great vehicle to understand biological systems from a different perspective that complements empirical work. For many systems, we are very often given typical/prescribed mathematical models, and using them or adapting them to our specific needs can be challenging without a deep understanding of what each term in the model represents, or what the best way to analyze the model is.
In this course, we will review classic as well as state-of-the-art models, and the different mathematical and computational techniques required to analyze them. We will dissect and understand the models and assumptions involved, with the ultimate goal of learning how to construct and modify them, and tailor them to specific biological systems and questions.

16:215:600:03 Microbial Ecology and Diversity (3)
Tamar Barkay

16:215:600:04 Molecular Oceanography (3)
Kay Bidle

16:215:604:03 History of Earth System (3)
Paul Falkowski

16:215:604:04 Global Change and Ecology (3)
Ming Xu

Varies From Year to Year

16:215:605;606. Problems in Ecology (BA)
Individual/Independent study in an area of expertise of the faculty.


16:215:650. Fundamentals of Ecosystem Ecology (4)
Various faculty from the Cary Institute for Ecosystems Study
A critical review of ecosystem ecology, including biogeochemical cycles and budgets, ecosystem energetics, the theory and history of ecosystem ecology, and the response of ecosystems to disturbance.
Interim two-week course offered every January at the Cary Institute for Ecosystem Studies, Millbrook, NY.

  • Students must first apply and be accepted into the course by the Cary Institute. To receive credit for the course students must then register through Rutgers registration. Any additional course costs are not covered by Rutgers tuition remission. Students from other universities should consult with their programs and registrars regarding tuition remission and additional course cost coverage.

Varies From Year to Year

16:215:701,702. Research in Ecology (BA)
Register by advisors name for research credits to fulfill degree requirements.
701 is fall registration
702 is spring and summer registration

Graduate Courses in Other Programs

In addition to the courses taught by members and associates of the ecology and evolution program, there are many other courses of interest to ecology and evolution graduate students offered by the programs in anthropology, biochemistry and molecular biology, entomology, environmental sciences, geography, geological sciences, plant science and statistics, among others. Please browse all programs that may have courses of interest to you. Check with your advisor and the program director to verify that courses you choose will be counted towards your degree.

The Inter-University Doctoral Consortium

Ph.D. students who have completed one year of full-time study may also take courses through The Inter-University Doctoral Consortium. The participating schools are Columbia University, CUNY, Fordham University, New School, New York University, Princeton University, and Stony Brook University. For more information visit the Graduate School-New Brunswick's Consortium page and consult with the E&E graduate program administrator before you begin the process.


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