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|BIOL 320 - Forest Ecology|
Forest Ecology is designed for Biology Majors and Minors; however, other highly-interested students are also welcome to take Forest Ecology with permission of the instructor. Its overarching goals are to improve students’ scientific, nature, and voting literacy in view of wise Earth stewardship, celebrate invaluable biodiversity, and improve students’ scientific communication through the discipline of forest ecology. In particular, students learn about basic ecology and forest biodiversity and other characteristics, conservation challenges, and experimental methods. Students discuss and analyze case studies of local and other forests and the interrelationships between forest health and human health. Further, students learn to recognize and appreciate selected organisms important in forest functioning. Student presentations focus on plant parenthood; local phenology; and forest challenges such as acid precipitation; invasive, alien organisms; climate change; diseases; fires; floods; logging; and permafrost thawing. This course uses a lecture-discussion format. The laboratory includes field trips to local forests and student reports. Forest Ecology has a required, overnight field trip to special forests of Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 September 2018 (rain date 29 – 30 September 2018). Forest Ecology is taught in view of the Department of Biology’s teaching goals.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture
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