EAS 476 - Ecosystem Ecology
Section: 001
Term: WN 2019
Subject: Environment and Sustainability (EAS)
Department: SNE School of Natural Resources and Environment
Requirements & Distribution:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
General Ecology and a 400-level course in Aquatic or Terrestrial Ecology.
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Ecosystem Ecology is a lecture/discussion course that focuses on understanding the physical, chemical, and biological processes regulating the dynamics of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. We discuss classic and current topics in ecology that have built our understanding of ecosystem organization and function. The course integrates across disciplines of physiological, microbial, population, and community ecology to understand how and why ecosystems differ in composition, structure, and function, and how ecosystems change over time.

The scope of the course includes examples from terrestrial, marine, and freshwater ecosystems. Selected topics for discussion include:

  • "What are ecosystems and why are they so complex?"
  • "The principles of biogeochemistry — nutrient cycling, mass balance, and microbial function."
  • "Global ecology — are processes in ecosystems additive across a range of spatial scales?"
  • "The use of chemical tracers of energy flow through organisms and their environment."
  • "Do species matter for ecosystem function?"

Course Requirements:

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Intended Audience:

Students are expected to have a solid background in biology and ecology. Students should be able to use general principles of mathematics, physics, chemistry, and biology to understand ecological processes occurring at the ecosystem level.

Class Format:

There are two lecture periods each week involving lecture presentations by the instructor followed by class discussion; the discussions will be based on reading of primary literature papers (list available on CTools) and from the required textbook.

EAS 476 - Ecosystem Ecology
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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