BIOL-320 Forest Ecology
Fall for 2016-2017
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 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, student reports, and a student-led poster symposium. Forest Ecology has a required, overnight field trip to forests of Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia on 17–18 September 2016 (rain date 1–2 October 2016). If you cannot go on the field trip please notify the instructor on the first day of class. Forest Ecology is taught in view of the Department of Biology’s teaching goals. You cannot enroll in this course if you have previously taken BIOL-255.
Prerequisites: BIOL-104; or permission of the instructor