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Forest Ecosystems - EEB 348 / ENVIRON 348

5 credits

Prerequisites:  Biology 171 (172 or 174) and 173, or Biology 195 and 173; or permission of instructor.

Requirements: BS, NS, PitE and EEB Field Experience, Lab

Meets: Mondays and Thursdays

Instructor: Jill Witt

Photo by Renee Veresh.

Course Description

Often called "the lungs of the world", forests play an enormous role in mitigating climate change, providing habitat for more than half the world's plants and animals, protecting watersheds, and preventing soil erosion. Yet population pressures and lax forest management threaten these crucial ecosystems all around the world.

This course brings you into some of the finest and most diverse forests in northern Michigan for hands-on exposure to the species and systems that support them. Exploration of fire ecology, regeneration, and succession will provide a practical understanding of forest function and strategic management.