Explores physiological mechanisms that underlie ecological observations, including how above- and below-ground microclimates develop and affect plant physiological processes. Discusses acclimation to environmental change along with species differences in physiological processes and plant's occupation of heterogeneous environments. Laboratories emphasize field measurement techniques. Prerequisite: either BIOL 162, BIOL 180, ESRM 201, or ESRM 162. Offered: jointly with BIOL 424; W.
This course will cover physiological, biochemical, and biophysical aspects of how plants function and interact with the environment. Students will be exposed to basic ecophysiological measurement methods (e.g., gas-exchange, chlorophyll fluorescence, growth analysis, water relations). Topics will focus on whole-plant physiological responses to the environmental stresses (both abiotic and biotic) and discuss their ecological significance and implications. The impacts of climate change on plants and their role in the ecosystem processes will be highlited.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
There will be lectures, discussions, and laboratories in the greenhouse or in the field. Laboratories will focus on measurement techniques used in plant ecophysiology. There will also be guest lecturers who have special interests and expertise in particular aspects of plant ecophysiology.
BIOL 113, BIOL 162, BIOL 180, BIOL 220, BIOL 220, ESRM 201, or other equivalent introductory biology courses; check with the instructor for questions related to prerequisites.
Class assignments and grading
Lab reports; Journal article discussions; Research paper; Peer review
Assignments described above plus two in-class exams. Participation is evaluated throughout the quarter. There may be opportunities for earning extra credits.