Catalog 2013-2014

Winter Ecology and Lab

  • Semester: Spring
  • Course Number: NS360
  • Instructors: Jeff Parsons
  • Credit: 4

Course Description

Organisms that inhabit northern climes face the incessant challenges of dramatic seasonal changes, intense cold, limited energy resources, reduced light levels, and long-term snow and ice. Winter ecologists investigate physiological and behavioral adaptations of organisms to winter conditions. During this course we survey biotic communities of Vermont from coniferous boreal and deciduous broad-leaved forests, mountains and cold pockets to benthic invertebrates of streams and lakes.