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Catalog 2013-2014

Ecology

  • Semester: Fall, Spring
  • Course Number: NS107
  • Instructors: Laura Spence
  • Credit: 3

Course Description

This course is an introductory survey of concepts in ecology with emphasis on ecosystem processes, community dynamics and biodiversity. Topics include ecosystem energetics, nutrient cycling, global weather and climate, biomes and natural communities, diversity of life, and ecological relationships. We begin with a broad survey of ecological concepts at play in all ecosystems and apply these to specific terrestrial biomes. We conclude with an investigation into the factors affecting local and global patterns of biodiversity.