This class was tough.
I would recommend this course because it explains the interactions of living and nonliving organisms and how this affects ecosystems around the world. This course also describes the effects of anthropogenic practices throughout history and how it applies to land management today.
I learned that humans are the dominate species and in the short time humans have inhabited the Earth their influence has been the greatest. There is literally no place on Earth that is not being affected by human practices, even the most isolated locations on Earth. This far in the semester we are learning about how species can coexist even when they rely on similar resources. Just today I learned roughly the number of people alive when I was born was a little less than half of the worlds population today. This is very significant in reference to the class because we have covered a species carrying capacity which is the maximum ability of an ecosystem to sustain the species. Due to technological advances in agriculture the carrying capacity of humans was raised significant but with the constantly rising population it is possible we are very near our carrying capacity....according to this class. Essential ecology attempts to understand how different interactions affect local ecosystems and how that affects the world on a larger scale.
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Advice for students:
Try to understand the readings and apply it to real life applications. There are many example Professor Aslan gives us that are taken from actual research. Knowing the vocabulary is also essential and helps a lot when she gives her weekly quiz.