BIO 580 — Current Topics in Ecology

(Same as EVS 580)

Semester hours: 3 (3R)   Offered: II (AY)    Instructor: Vinton

The focus of this course will be advanced topics in ecology, with an emphasis on the concepts and current approaches in ecosystem ecology. Primary literature will serve as a key resource for students. The structure and function of several model ecosystems will be explored in detail, with particular attention to the concepts of biodiversity, productivity, decomposition and nutrient cycling. In addition, the degree of human alteration of ecosystem structure and function as well as consequences for global ecological processes will be presented.

Prerequisites: P: BIO 481, 485 or 390

Satisfies: Certified Writing