Courses

 

Tree Stucture and Function: Tree Structure and Function is a 3-credit course designed for graduate students in ecology or related disciplines who desire a basic understanding of how plants function at various scales; from molecules to canopies. The overall objective of the course is to facilitate the application of plant physiological principles in the students’ specific areas of interest. The focus is on the responses of water loss and carbon gain of plants to variation in their environment. The lectures selectively follow the chapters in W. Larcher (2003) Physiological Plant Ecology, Ecophysiology and Stress Physiology of Functional Groups, 4th Edition. Springer. Additional readings are also assigned. At least the following topics are covered:

    Photosynthesis: light and carbon reactions

     

    Advance Terrestrial Ecology (NC STATE UNIVERSiTY, co taught with Asko Noormets) . Course designd to use the major principles of ecosystem science by applying them to current environmental issues, and iInterpret and discuss major ecosystem processes such as carbon sequestration and nutrient cycling, water relations and hydrology, climate interactions

    Course objectives and learning outcomes::

    1. Demonstrate the interaction between abiotic and biotic components of ecosystems
    2. Interpret the scientific literature of ecosystem science and lead critical discussions of specific publications
    3. Apply the scientific method to generate knowledge and further career advancement: measurement methodology, experimental design, analysis and interpretation of data, proposal development, and publication

    Readings and course format: The course will be based on and follow the format of the book Principles of Terrestrial Ecosystem Ecology by Chapin, Matson, and Mooney (2002). 

    Weekly readings from the current scientific literature will augment the book.  Limited lecture by the instructor will introduce each week’s topic that will be further explored in class by discussing assigned chapters, readings and exercises.  Students will lead discussion of current scientific papers related to the topics of the week.  Students will also be responsible for one class presentation comprised of a 45 minute talk highlighting how their graduate research relates to ecosystem ecology.

    Tropical Ecology. ENV 217 was developped by Dr. John Terborgh and designed to help you gain a better understanding of Tropical Ecology. We will consider tropical ecological principles at individual, community, ecosystem and regional scales. Succession, productivity, and biodiversity will be addressed, as will tropical conservation and the causes and consequences of deforestation. 3 credit. Offered: Spring semesters.

    COURSE GOAL: Increase the students' ability to evaluate, discuss and write about key issues in Tropical Ecology via readings, lectures, discussions, questions, essays and presentations.