Below are tabs with more information about Dr. Borrett's teaching and courses.

  • Schedule
  • Survey of Biological Research
  • Ecology Lecture
  • Ecology Lab
  • Ecological Modeling Lecture
  • Ecological Modeling Lab
  • Ecological Thought
  • Systems Ecology
  • SEEL Meetings
  • Research Students

Borrett Teaching Statement (updated 1/3/2010)

Dr. Borrett's teaching schedule:

Spring 2014

  • Bio366 Introduction to Ecology
  • Bio602 Ecological Thought: Past to Present

Fall 2014

  • Bio534 & Biol534 Fundamentals of Ecologial Modelling & Lab

Summer 2014, SSI

  • Bio366 Ecology
  • Biol366 Ecology Laboratory

Past Courses

• Ecology. UNCW Bio366; Sp08, Sp09, Sp10, Sp14

• Ecology Laboratory. UNCW Biol366; Sp08, Sp09, Su10, Sp11, Su11, Sp12, Su12, Sp14

• Bringing Home the Biosphere. UNCW Bio495; Sp08.

• Fundamentals of Ecological Modelling. UNCW BIO534 & BIOL534; F07, F08, F10, F11, F12, F13

• Ecological Thought: Past to Present. UNCW BIO602; F09, Sp11.

• Systems Ecology and Ecological Network Analysis. UNCW Su 2011, Beijing Normal University Su13

• Workshop: Introduction to Ecological Network Analysis (March 2011 at Northern Arizona University)

• R Tutorial (with Matt Lau). UNCW Su2011

• 2006. Stanford University. Fundamentals of Ecological Modeling. Undergraduate and graduate course. Co-instructor: K.R. Arrigo. Stanford, CA.

• 2003. Institute of Ecology. Ecological Thought: Past to Present. Required course for ecology graduate students. Co-instructors: B.C. Patten, S.J. Whipple. Athens, GA. syllabus

• 2003. Skidaway Institute of Oceanography. Ecosystem Complexity in the Marine Environment – Seeking an Answer to the Question: What is Biocomplexity? Three week short course for undergraduate and graduate students. Co-instructors: P.G. Verity, M.E. Frischer, B.C. Patten, S.J. Whipple. Skidaway, GA.

• Guest Lecturer and Teaching Assistant. 2002. Institute of Ecology. Theory of Systems Ecology. Graduate course. Professor: B.C. Patten. Athens, GA.

 

 

hon120

Fall 2013

Teaching Philosophy;

Bloom's Taxonomy of Intellectual Behavior (1, 2)

Schedule

#
Date
Topic/Activity
Reading
Assignment Due
1
8/26
Course Introduction (notes)
 
9/2
Labor Day - no class
2
9/9

Dr. Finelli, Chair

Dept. Biology and Mairne Biology (notes)

3
9/16

Business of Science (notes)

research synopsis
4
9/23

Dr. Frampton, Virology

(Meet in Dobo Hall 110)

5
9/30
Dr. Kamel, Marine Biology (notes)
research synopsis
6
10/7
Dr. Rhodes, Microbiology (notes)
research synopsis
7
10/14

Dr. Covi, Physiology (notes)

research synopsis
8
10/21
research synopsis
9
10/28

Dr. Long, Ecology (notes)

research synopsis
10
11/4

Dr. Wilbur, CMS Oyster Hatchery

meet at Center for Marine Science

research synopsis
11
11/11
Dr. Pyott, Physiology

 

research synopsis
12
11/18
Dr. Erwin, Microbial Ecology (Notes)
research synopsis
13
11/25
Dr. Brander, Ecotoxicology
research synopsis
14
12/2

Dr. Taylor, Tour Microscope Facility

(meet in Dobo 131)

research synopsis

bio366

Summer 2014

Required Resources

1. Smith and Smith (2012) Elements of Ecology (8th edition). Pearson Ed.

2. TurningTechnologies ResponseCard RF LCD (clicker registration site)

Teaching Philosophy;

Bloom's Taxonomy of Intellectual Behavior (1, 2)

Participation

clicker registration site

see scores for each meeting below

Ecological Careers

Interesting Ecology Videos

Schedule

#
Date
Topic
Readings/Assignments Due
I. Introduction
1

19-May

Nature of Ecology & Earth System (notes)
Syllabus, Ch1, Ch2
II. Individuals
2
20
Niche, Conditions, and Resources (notes, participation)
3
21
Physiological Ecology of Plants (notes, participation)
Ch 6 & 7
III. Populations
4
22 Populations: Properties & Growth (notes1, notes2, particpation) Ch 8 & 9, life table example
26 Memorial Day Holiday - No Class
5 27 Population continued, Life History Patterns (notes, participation = 100%) Ch 10
6
28 Exam I (SLOs, scores)  
7
29 Intraspecific Competition (notes, participation = 100%) Ch 11
IV. Interactions
8
2-June Interspecific Competition (notes, participation) Ch 14
9
3

Predation (notes, participation)

Ch 15
10
4 Symbiosis, Parasitism, Mutualisms (notes, participation)

Ch 16

Recommeded Videos

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BZME8H7-KU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5DTrENdWvvM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAF-AblJpfM

V. Communities
11
5 Community Structure (notes1,notes2, participation) Ch 17, 18
12

9

Community Dynamics (notes, participation) Ch 19
13 10 EXAM II (scores)  
VI. Ecosystems
14
11 Energetics and Organization (notes, participation) Ch 21
15

12

Decomposition and Nutrient Cycling (notes, participation) Ch 22
16

16

Biogeochemical Cycling (notes, participation) Ch 23, Beedlow et al. 2004, Periodic Table Rap
VII. Large Scale Ecology
17
17 Biomes, Large Scale Biodiversity and Species Invasions (notes, participation) Ch 27; Vitousek et al. 1996
VIII. Conclusions
18 18

Ecological Address of the Lower Cape Fear Region &

Summary: 10+ Fundamental Principles of Ecology

(notes, participation)

 
19
19 EXAM III, 8-11 am  

Interesting Ecology Videos

Conserving the Canopy http://www.ted.com/talks/nalini_nadkani_on_conserving_the_canopy.html

Mate selection in Birds of Paradise (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gAxbxxmYZ8)

Human Microbiome (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5DTrENdWvvM)

 

BIOL 366 :: Ecology Laboratory :: Summer 2014

Laboratory Report

Laboratory Report Instructions

Short Report Grading Rubic (Excel)

Full Report Grading Rubric (Excel)

Demographic Cover Sheet (assessment)

 

biol366
biol366

 

Schedule

Description of the laboratories and their assignment directions are in the class laboratory manual.

#
Day
Topic
Reading/Assignments
1

May 19

Questions due in Class
2
21

Sampling Sedentary Organisms (notes)

Excel Template :: sit file

Short Lab Report (Due Lab 3)

How to make a bar chart in Excel

  26 Memorial Day Holiday - no Class  
3
28

Population Dispersion and Association (notes)

Excel Analysis Template

Early 2004, Ch 2 Fire in the Cathedral

optional reading: Cape Fear estuary: from river to sea

Short Lab Report (Due Lab 4)

4 June 2

Forest Ecology I: Hypothesis development and sampling design (notes)

map (google)

Pechenik, Chapter 9

Hypotheses & Sampling Design due in class

 
 

Forest Ecology Laboratory Report

Draft Full Laboratory Report (Due Lab 6)

Revised Full Laboratory Report (Due Lab 8)

5 4

Forest Ecology II: Sampling

 

Enter the data collected into Excel file & email file to all team members.
6 9

Forest Ecology III: Data Analysis (notes)

Pechenik, Chapters 4 & 5

Examples: Forest Data, Forest Analysis1, data in Excel format

7 11 Library Laboratory meet in Randall Library, Room 1022
8 16

Wetland Communities (notes)

Short Lab Report (Due Lab 11)

 

9 18 Laboratory Exam

Grading Scheme

Related Links

Land of the Long Leaf Pines Exhibit @ Cape Fear Museum of Science and History

Cape Fear Estuary: From River to Sea

 

BIO 534 :: Advanced Ecology :: Fundamentals of Ecological Modeling

Fall 2013

Schedule

#
Date
Topic
Reading
Homework (due date)
Introduction
1
Aug. 21
Introduction (notes)
A1: Mangel 2006 Math Warm Up (Due Aug. 26) :: (solution)
2

26

 

Models and Science (notes)

A2: Model ID Assignment (Due Aug. 28)

paper1, paper2, paper3, paper 4, paper 5

3
28
Art of Modelling (notes)

 

Sept.2
Labor Day
4
4

System Conceptualization (notes)

A3: Conceptualization (due Sept 9)
Quantitative Models
5 9
Single State Variables Models: Bathtubs and Populations (notes)
Gotelli Ch1
 
6
11

Population Regulation and Intraspecific Competition: Logistic Growth (notes)

Gotelli Ch2

A4: Problem Set (due Sept 23)

7
16

Structured Population Models

(notes, Life Tables Example)

Gotelli Ch3  
8
18
Metapopulations Populations in Space (notes) Stevens Ch4  
9 23 review & catch up    
  25 TBD    
10
30
Exam 1    
11

Oct 2

Guest Lecture - TBD    
13
7
Interspecific Competition (notes)

Gotelli Ch4

 
14
9
Predation (notes) Gotelli Ch 5  
 

10, 11

Fall Break
15
14
Generalized Control Functions notes; Bolker Ch3  
16
16
Mutualisms

(activity notes)

A5: Problem Set (due before class on Nov. 4)
17
21
Three State Varables: Chains & Webs (notes)    
Model Evaluation
18
23

Environmental Forcing, Parameterization, and Calibration

(notes)

 
19
28
Discussion: Confronting Models with Data Fussman et al. 2000: Shertzer et al. 2002 paper critique (Critique Description)
20
30
Model Evaluation  
21 Nov. 4

Model Analysis: Sensitiivty Analysis (notes)

Murdoch et al. 2013  
22 6 review / catch up : Alt: Inductive Process Modelling   Reading Proposals Due
23
11
Exam 2   Vote on Reading Proposals
Case Studies
21
13
Introduction to Network Ecology
 
22
18
Ecosystem Network Analysis Network Ecology 2012; enaR Vignette  
23
20
Paper Discussion   paper critique
24
25
Paper Discussion Costanza & Daly paper critique
  27 Thanksgiving
26
Dec. 2
Paper Discussion Mori & Butterworth paper critique
27

4

Summary & Conclusions    
 

5

Reading Day
   
 
     
 
6-12
Finals Week    
 

Class Final Time: Fri 6, 11:30-2:30

   

Additional Resources

SPHERICAL HORSES & FRICTIONLESS WHEELS, Engines of our Ingenuity Podcast 2334

BIOL 534 :: Advanced Ecology Laboratory:: Fundamentals of Ecological Modeling

Fall 2011

Schedule

Date Topic Resources Due Date Solutions
Aug 21

Getting Started with R (notes)

Please do the following:

1. Download and install R on your computer (CRAN).

2. Open R and play with it.

3. Start Lab 1: Introduction to R for Ecological Modeling from Dr. Ben Bolker's website. The following exercises will be due at the end of the next lab period: {2.1, 3.1, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 8.2, 8.3, 8.4, 8.5, 8.6, 9.2}

4. Explore these resources

R Reference Card

M. Lau's notes

Bolker's website

Emacs; Tinn-R; Information about other text editors for R is here;

Plotting Details

exercises due at end of lab (Solutions)
28 Lab 2: Practical Programming (notes)

Exercises

Recommended Reading

Nobel 2009; Nice R Code

end of lab (Solutions)
Sept. 4 Lab 3: Model Conceptualization in the Longleaf Pine Forest

Early 2004, Ch 2 Fire in the Cathedral

optional reading: Cape Fear estuary: from river to sea

no assignment  
11

Lab 4: Single State Variable Models: Exponental Growth & Logistic Growth

(lecture notes)

Shiflet & Shiflet 2006 Module 5: simulation techniques

deSolve Vignette

example plot with multiple lines

Sept. 18 (Solutions)
18 Lab 4: ...continued   Sept. 25  
25 Lab 5: Ricker Model & Chaotic Dynamics Otto&Day-chaos; optional May 1974 Oct. 9 (Solution)
Oct. 2 Work on Projects (No class meeting)      
9 Lab 6: Two State Variable Models: Resource-Consumer Models  

Nov. 23

Project Topic Selection Due

(Solution)
16

...continued

     
23 Lab 7: Three State Variable Models: Chains and Webs Beisner et al. 2003 Nov. 6 (Solution)
30 ...continued      
Nov 6 Lab 8: Connecting Models and Data

EggData, RossSeaData

DMB9

no write up due  

13

Work on Projects (No class meeting)      
20 Work on Projects (No class meeting)      
Dec 4 Work on Projects (No class meeting)      
Dec 6

Project Presentations

(Final Exam Period for Lecture and Lab: 11:30- 6 pm)

 

Project Reports Due (5 pm)

Project Presentations Due

 
         

 

 

 

bio602

Spring 2011 Schedule

Date
Topic
Readings
Exercises

13 Jan

No class
18
Introductions

Syllabus

sign up for topics

20

Scientific Origins
25
Ecological Stoichiometry

A. Kormondy (Physical & Chemical Environment - Liebig, Blackman, Shelford)

B. Reiners 1986

27

C. Elser et al. 2000

D. Hillebrand, Helmut; Gamfeldt, Lars; Jonsson, Per R; Matthiesen, Bert. 2009. Consumer diversity indirectly changes prey nutrient content. Mar Ecol Prog Ser 380:33-41 (link)

Feb 1
Biosphere and Gaia

A. Lovelock and Margulis 1974

B. Charlson et al. 1987

3
Ex. 1 Due
8
Density Dependence

A. Kormondy (Populations - Malthus, Verhulst, Birch, Nicholson, Hairston et al.)

B. Caley et al. 1996 OR Murdoch et al. 1994

Exercise 2: Propositional Logic
10
C. Filin, I, Holt, RD, andl Barfield, M. 2008. The Relation of Density Regulation to Habitat Specialization, Evolution of a Species’ Range, and the Dynamics of Biological Invasions.

A link to the paper is:
http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/589459

15
Host-Parasite Interactions

A. Kormondy (Populations: Burkholder, Gause, Connell, Wheeler)

B. May 1983

17
C. TBD
Ex. 2 Due
22
Biodiversity and Ecosystem Fcn

A. Hutchinson 1959

B. Hooper et al. 2005

24
C. TBD
Mar 1
Community Assembly

A. Kormondy (Community - Clements, Braun-Blanquet and Furrer, Ramensky, Gleason)

B. Leibold et al. 2004

3
C. TBD
8
Niche vs. Neutral Theory

A. Hutchinson 1957

B. Hubbell 2005

Exercise 3. 10 Fundamental Principles

 

10

C. Leibold and McPeek 2006

D. TBD

15
Spring Break    
17
Spring Break    
22
Ecosystem Energetics

A. Kormondy (ecosystems - Evans, Transeau, Juday, Lindeman, Clarke, Odum)

B. Polis and Hurd 1996

24
29
Topic A to be selected
31
April 5
Topic B to be selected
7
12
Topic C to be selected
14
19
Fundamental Processes pt 1
21
Easter Break
26
Fundamental Processes pt 2 Scheiner and Willig 2008  
28
Summary and Discussion
Reflection Paper Due
14-May
Commencement

Topic Proposals

1. Spatial Ecology

2. Soil Biodiversity

3. Restoration Ecology

4. Microbial Biodiversity

5. Metabolic Ecology

6. Keystone Species

 

 

 

Systems Ecology :: Summer 2013

This course was co-taught with Dr. John Schramski (UGA) at Beijing Normal University

Course Resources

Software for Ecological Network Analysis

EcoNet

EcoNet (online tool)
enaR: R package

enaR is a professional grade tool for ecological network analysis. It is a package of functions for R that builds on the network and social network analysis packages created by Carter Butts. You can download the software from CRAN.

Vignette (shows how to use software)

Borrett & Lau 2012, EcoSummit Presentation Introducing enaR (ppt)

enaR Reference Card (short list of primary commands)

Example Code (batch_example.r, edge_deletion_ENA_sensitivity.r, sa_example.r)

SCOR formatted data files for examples (neuse_2.dat, neuse_3.dat, neuse_4.dat, neuse_5.dat, avgLanier.dat)

Lecture Notes

Dr. Borrett's Notes

 

Additional Resources Online

Albert Norström explains the basics of systems ecology thinking (YouTube)
Systems Ecology Graduate Program (University of Montana)
Systems Ecology Program (University of Maryland)

 

 

 

Fall 2013 :: Suggested Readings for Lab Discussion

Fontaine et al. 2011. The ecological and evolutionary implications of merging different types of networks. Ecology Letters, 14:1170--1181.

Ings et al. 2009. Ecological networks -- beyond food webs. J. Animal Ecology, 78:253--269.

Olff et al. 2009. Parallel ecological networks in ecosystems. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B., 364:1755-1779.

 

 

Invitation

Dr. Borrett is always looking for hardworking and intellectually curious studnets to join the SEE Laboratory's journey of scientific discovery. Studnets can work in the lab at all levels: undergraduate Directed Independnet Studies, honors projects, masters thesis, and PhD disertations. If you are considering joining the lab, please peruse this website and read a few of our recent publications to develop a better understanding of our work. While the scope of our research can be quite broad, I recommend you start with this encyclopedia entry on Network Ecology as much of our work falls in this domain. If this work interests you, please contact Dr. Borrett directly (borretts {@} uncw.edu).

Resources

I am listing a few resources here that new and older studnets may find useful.

Journey into the Unknown, Brian Greene discussess the journey that is science.

Simplfying Complexity, TED talk by Eric Berlow about using network science to undersatand complex systems. In an interesting follow up talk, Dr. Berlow and Sean Gourley illustrate Mapping Ideas Worth Spreading.

Expectations

This page is still under construction, but here are a few guiding principles.

"We write to think, not think to write" Bart Dredge @Austin College. A corrolary of this principle is that unclear writing is evidence of unclear thinking.

Science is a community activity. We publish our work so that it can contribute to the protracted discourse that is science discovery and knowledge construction. Given this position, science does not really exist until it is publically available -- until its published in some form.

All studnets are expected to participate in scheduled laboratory meetings.

DIS

Honors

Masters

PhD