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
3-5:59 p.m., location TBA
Elsa Cleland, Asst. Professor
Contact information: email
, office phone 858-246-0506
Office hours: Mondays 12:30-2 p.m., Muir Biology room 1115
Angelita Ashbacher, firstname.lastname@example.org
Discussion sections: Tuesdays 10-10:50 a.m. in HSS 1315 & Wednesdays 10-10:50 a.m. in Center
Office hours: Fridays 3-4:30 p.m., Muir Biology Rm 1115
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
Discussion sections: Tuesdays 11-11:50 a.m. in HSS 1315
Office hours: Thursdays 2-3:30 at Perks
Claire Wainwright, email@example.com
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
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.
BILD 2, & 3.
This is an upper division course and will build on concepts from the introductory course
While not required, introductory chemistry and physics courses will be helpful. Basic algebra is also
required (simple equations, ratios).
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
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
Copies of both texts will be reserve at the library.