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This course will provide an introduction to ecosystem ecology, "The study of interactions between organisms and their environment as an integrated system." Topics include primary production, carbon storage, nutrient cycling, and ecosystem feedbacks to climate change. Humans have such a large influence on present-day ecosystems that anthropogenic global change will form a major part of the course. By the end of the course, students will be well versed in the basics of ecosystem ecology and have exposure to some current areas of research.
Other Greenhouse Gases
Methane and nitrous oxide trap ~25 and ~300 times as much heat per molecule as carbon dioxide, and their atmospheric concentrations have risen sharply due to anthropogenic activity, yet they have received much less attention than carbon dioxide in the popular press as well as the scientific literature. In this seminar course we will learn about the current state of ecological knowledge and explore cutting-edge ecological questions surrounding these fascinating gases. By the end of the course, students will have a current understanding of the ecology and biogeochemistry of methane and nitrous oxide, and will hopefully have some ideas about where the field should head.