ENVI 423
Global Change Ecology Fall 2019
Division III
Cross-listed BIOL 413 / ENVI 423

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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 behavioural 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; Two 75-minute discussion sessions each week
Limit: 12
Expected: 12
Class#: 1284
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: class participation and several short papers
Prerequisites: BIOL 203 or BIOL 305, or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preferences: senior Biology majors who have not yet taken a 400-level course
Unit Notes: satisfies the distribution requirement for the Biology major
Distributions: Division III
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
BIOL 413 Division III ENVI 423 Division III

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