## On-Line LecturesDepartment of EntomologyVirginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA Check the review! |

- Introduction: Population systems and their components.
- 1.1. What is population ecology?
- 1.2. Models as analytical tools
- 1.3. Population system
- 1.4. Petri nets (optional)
- 1.5. Questions and Assignments

- Estimation of population density and size.
- Spatial distribution of organisms.
- 3.1. Tree Types of Spatial Distribution
- 3.2. Random Distribution
- 3.3. Aggregated Spatial Distribution
- 3.4. Indexes of Aggregation
- 3.5. Density-Invariant Indexes of Aggregation
- 3.6. Geostatistical Analysis of Population Distribution
- 3.7. Fractal Dimension of Population Distribution
- 3.8. Questions and Assignments

- Statistical analysis of population dynamics.
- 4.1. Correlation between population density and various factors
- 4.2. Correlation between factors
- 4.3. Example: Colored fox in Labrador (1839-1880)
- 4.4. Autocorrelation of factors and model validation
- 4.5. Stochastic models based on regression
- 4.6. Biological interpretation of stochastic models. Response surfaces

- Reproducing populations: exponential and logistic growth.
- Life-tables, k-values.
- Model of Leslie.
- Development of poikilothermous organisms, degree-days.
- Stability, oscillations and chaos in population dynamics.
- Predators, Parasites, and Pathogens.
- 10.1. Introduction
- 10.2. Lotka-Volterra Model
- 10.3. Functional and Numerical Response
- 10.4. Predator-Prey Model with Functional Response
- 10.5. Host-Parasitoid Models
- 10.6. Host-Pathogen Model (Anderson & May)
- 10.7. Questions and Assignments

- Competition and Cooperation.
- 11.1. Intra-specific competition
- 11.2. Competition between species
- 11.3. Ecological niche
- 11.4. Cooperation

- Dispersal and spatial dynamics.
- 12.1. Random Walk
- 12.2. Diffusion Models
- 12.3. Stratified Dispersal
- 12.4. Metapopulation Models

- Population outbreaks.

- Orientation in software: Microsoft Excel.
- How to write a scientific paper
- Population sampling and spatial distribution.
- Statistical analysis of population change.
- Model of Leslie.
- Development of poikilothermous organisms.
- Model of Ricker: stability, oscillations, chaos.
- Parasitism and biological control