Course Format: Three hours of lecture and one hour of discussion per week. Fifteen to 20 hours of problem solving exercises per term.
Prerequisites: Biology 1B.
Description: This course will develop principles of ecosystems ecology, emphasizing terrestrial ecosystems, and will consider how these principles apply to ecosystem recovery and to regional and global fluxes of carbon and nutrients.
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Tropical Forest Ecology – Environmental Science, Policy and Management (ESPM) 116C [3 units]
Course Format: Three hours of lecture per week.
Prerequisites: One course in ecology and one course in chemistry or consent of instructor.
Description: Introduction to the ecology of terrestrial tropical ecosystems, with particular emphasis on neotropical forests. Explores unique aspects of tropical ecosystems, especially nutrient cycles, net primary productivity, biological diversity, forest structure and dynamics, disturbance ecology, and the natural history of key forest organisms. Basic ecology is integrated with discussion of human disturbances, restoration of tropical ecosystems, and the global importance of tropical forests.