Skip over navigation

Course Offerings

Course Details

Fall 2010-2011
* EEB 417B / ENV 417B  

Ecosystems and Global Change

Lars O. Hedin

ENROLLMENT BY APPLICATION OR INTERVIEW. DEPARTMENTAL PERMISSION REQUIRED.

An introduction to the study of how humans are affecting complex ecological systems at local to global scales. Students will examine nutrient cycling, energy flow, and evolutionary processes, with emphasis on experimental approaches and comparisons between terrestrial, freshwater, and marine ecosystems. Particular attention will be on human influences-climate change, biofuels, biodiversity loss, eutrophication, and acid rain. Lectures cover theoretical elements and examples from the primary literature. The laboratory is organized around a required Fall Break trip to Panama during which students conduct independent group research projects.

Sample reading list:
Articles from peer-reviewed literature,
Articles from textbooks,
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Students will read assigned pages from primary journals (10-20 pages/wk) and sections from textbooks (20-30 pages/wk). There will be five take-home problem sets throughout the course, based on theoretical and literature-based questions. Students will conduct independent laboratory group projects that demand statement of a specific question, field-based measures to answer this question, a ten-minute presentation during a formal "class seminar" and a final term paper of 15-20 pages.

Requirements/Grading:
Take Home Final Exam - 25%
Oral Presentation(s) - 20%
Term Paper(s) - 15%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%
Problem set(s) - 30%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Students must email a brief explanation about their interest in the course to sbatterm@princeton.edu by April 15. Students will be notified April 16 of their acceptance. Preference will be given to EEB majors, ENV certificate students, and GEO majors. Engineering and policy students with environmental interests are also encouraged to apply..

Other information:
Students will conduct independent laboratory group projects that demand statement of a specific question, field-based measures to answer this question, a ten-minute presentation during a formal "class seminar" and a final term paper of 15-20 pages. NOTE: The class meets each week for lecture and for either a precept or laboratory, depending on the material.

Reserved Seats:
Sophomores Only 5

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
25167 B01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm F   Lewis Library   312   Enrolled:15 Limit:12 Closed
25169 C01 11:00 am - 12:20 pm M W   Lewis Library   312   Enrolled:15 Limit:12 Closed
P01 10:00 am - 10:50 am T   Guyot Hall   237   Enrolled:0 Limit:6
P02 3:30 pm - 4:20 pm W   Guyot Hall   237   Enrolled:0 Limit:6