Thomas M Hinckley
Ecological and biological effects of atmospheric pollutants, acid precipitation, and climate change on forest trees and ecosystems. Potential climate changes are compared to current and historical climates. Students taking this course for five credits must enroll in optional laboratory which introduces major tree species, old-growth forests, small group problem analysis. Offered: W.
* Knowledge of the biology of forest organisms, species, stands and ecosystems. * Important issues of conservation biology associated with global change. * Ability to understand and discuss critically issues of global change, forest decline, etc.
Lecture: Material is presented in lecture format with slides, small to large group discussions will be held weekly. The subject matter is derived from a text, material on the Wide World Web and literature from the library. Laboratory: The format of the lab. is observation and disucssion in outdoor/field settings.
Students should have had either in college or high school at least one course in the natural sciences.
Class Assignments and Grading
There will be weekly web, library or discussion based assignments. A topic is given for a particular week. A student will be asked the address the topic using one of three sources. A different source, i.e., web, library, discussion, will be used each week. There will be a term project and the project may be presented as a term paper, a poster or a web page. Students may work in groups as large as 3 on the term projects. There will be a comprehensive final exam (short answers).
Weekly assignments: 33% Term Project: 40% Final: 27%