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Syllabus BIEB 174 “Ecosystems and Global Change” Fall quarter 2010 Lectures MWF 2:00-2:50 p.m. Ledden Auditorium Final exam Wednesday December 8 th 3-5:59 p.m., location TBA Faculty: Elsa Cleland, Asst. Professor Contact information: email , office phone 858-246-0506 Office hours: Mondays 12:30-2 p.m., Muir Biology room 1115 Teaching Assistants: Angelita Ashbacher, Discussion sections: Tuesdays 10-10:50 a.m. in HSS 1315 & Wednesdays 10-10:50 a.m. in Center 207 Office hours: Fridays 3-4:30 p.m., Muir Biology Rm 1115 Peter Dentith, Discussion sections: Wednesdays 3-3:50 p.m. in HSS 2150 Office hours: Wednesdays 10:15-11:45 a.m. at the S&E library in Giesel Marina LaForgia, Discussion sections: Tuesdays 11-11:50 a.m. in HSS 1315 Office hours: Thursdays 2-3:30 at Perks Claire Wainwright, Discussion sections: Mondays 11-11:50 am & 12-12:50 p.m in HSS 2150 Office hours: Wednesdays 12:30-2 p.m. at the Grove Cafe Course description : This course will teach the principles of terrestrial ecosystem ecology, and will use examples from recent research to help students understand how global environmental changes are altering processes from leaf-level ecophysiology to global-scale cycling of carbon, water and nutrients. Why you should take this course: In recent decades human activities have altered ecosystems around the globe, through changes in climate, land use, and nutrient cycling. Understanding the impacts of these global changes requires a background in ecosystem ecology. Ecosystem ecology is a field that scales phenomena from physiological processes within plant leaves, to global biogeochemical cycles of carbon, nitrogen and water. “Ecosystems and Global Change,” will teach the fundamental concepts of ecosystem ecology, while using examples from current research in the field of environmental science. Thus, the course is designed to fulfill two primary goals: providing depth to students who want training in ecosystem science in an upper division course towards their EBE major, and providing breadth in environmental science to students in other science majors. Prerequisites BILD 2, & 3. This is an upper division course and will build on concepts from the introductory course series. While not required, introductory chemistry and physics courses will be helpful. Basic algebra is also required (simple equations, ratios). Textbook The course uses an excellent and inexpensive textbook ($50 new, $40 used, in paperback): "Principles of Terrestrial Ecosystem Ecology" by Chapin, Matson & Mooney (2002), Springer. The optional text “Environmental Science, 7 th Edition” by Botkin – this text is expensive and will seldom be drawn on during lectures. However, some students in the past requested additional background material to help them understand the more advanced Chapin et al. text, and this basic environmental science text provides such background. Copies of both texts will be reserve at the library.
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