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Fall 2012-2013
* EEB 417B / ENV 417B (STL)  

Ecosystems and Global Change

Lars O. Hedin

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 local ecosystems in 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%

Other information:
Students will conduct independent laboratory group projects that demand statement of a specific question, field-based measures to answer this question, a 10-minute presentation and a final term paper of 15-20 pages. Interested graduate students are welcome, but should email Prof. Hedin for permission. NOTE: The class meets each week for two lectures, one precept and/or laboratory, depending on the material.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
20657 B01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm T   Guyot Hall   106   Enrolled:8 Limit:12
20658 C01 10:00 am - 10:50 am M W   Lewis Library   311   Enrolled:8 Limit:13
P01 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm T   Guyot Hall   100   Enrolled:0 Limit:12