Undergraduate Academic Catalog 2012-2013
BIOL 3250K Ecosystem Ecology
Ecosystem ecology is the study of energy and material flows (water, nutrients) through both the living (plants, animals, microbes) and non-living (soils, atmosphere) components of natural systems. Classes and lab exercises will examine the influence of biological, ecological and physical processes on energy and elemental cycling (C, N,P), considering the roles of microorganisms, plants and animals and whole ecosystems. Factors that regulate the ecosystem function including soils, climate, disturbance, and human activities will be considered from the molecular to the global scale.