BIOL 413
Global Change Ecology Spring 2019 Division III; Writing-Intensive; Cross-listed as ENVI423 / BIOL413

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Plants and animals are increasingly faced with rapid environmental change driven by human activities across the globe. How do they cope with challenges imposed by climate change, altered nutrient cycling, biological invasions, and increased urbanization? What are the impacts of organismal responses at the population and community level? This course uses an integrative approach to understand the impacts of global change at multiple levels of biological organization in both aquatic and terrestrial environments. We examine how global-scale environmental changes affect the distribution and abundance of species and alter community organization. We also consider the physiological and behavioral mechanisms underlying species responses and the role of acclimation versus adaptation in coping with rapid environmental change. Finally, we learn the analytical tools used to predict future responses to global change. Class discussions will focus on readings drawn from the primary literature.
The Class: Type: seminar
Limit: 12
Expected: 12
Class#: 3351
Requirements/Evaluation: class participation and several short papers
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
Prerequisites: BIOL 203 or MAST 311 or BIOL 305 or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preference: senior Biology majors who have not yet taken a 400-level course
Department Notes: Satisfies the distribution requirement for the Biology major
Distributions: Division III; Writing-Intensive;

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