Fall 2011 not offered
BIOL 336, BIOL 536|
|Certificates: Environmental Studies|
Biogeography is the study of the distribution of living things (plant, animal, and microbe) on the earth's surface and the historical, ecological, and human factors responsible. Landscape ecology is a subfield of biogeography that focuses on relationships between spatial pattern and ecological processes across broad spatial and temporal scales. This course will be approached as an introduction to biogeography with a focus on landscape ecology and ecological biogeography. Topics in the course will reflect the diversity of research conducted by landscape ecologists: concepts of scale, island biogeography, metapopulation dynamics and habitat fragmentation, ecological disturbance, species viability, processes of land use and land-cover change, and ecosystem management. This course will include biogeographic patterns, physical and biological processes and interactions that produce these patterns, and methods and techniques used to study them.
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|Course Format: Lecture||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Prerequisites: [BIOL182 or MB&B182] OR [E&ES197 or BIOL197] OR E&ES199
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (BIOL)(CIS)(ENVS)
Readings include excerpts from the texts below plus journal articles:
Turner, M, Gardner, R., & O'Neill, R. LANDSCAPE ECOLOGY IN THEORY AND PRACTICE: PATTERN AND PROCESS, Springer, 2001.
Gergel, S. & Turner, M., eds., LEARNING LANDSCAPE ECOLOGY, Springer, 2003.
|Examination and Assignments: |
Short essays, laboratory exercises, midterm, research paper with oral presentation, final examination.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Short field trips might be scheduled during 2-3 class periods.