Examination of the environmental factors that control the distribution and development of ecosystems, including climatic and geological change. The course emphasizes plant ecology, the structure and functioning of ecosystems, ecosystem strategies relative to soil and climatic conditions, and includes discussion of the effects of disturbance and management on natural and altered systems throughout the globe. Laboratories include investigations of ecosystem characteristics, biomass structures, soils, and impacts of disturbance. Field trips, including one-day weekend surveys, may be held. (3,3,0)
GEOG 150/160 and/or BIOL 101/102 or equivalent first year sciences.