Jerry F. Franklin
Individual tutorial study of topics or courses under development to address the latest scientific developments in forest resources. Offered: AWSpS.
A 7-day field course on the composition, structure, and function of natural forest and subalpine parkland ecosystems and their interactions with wildfire and other disturbances. Topics to be covered include ecological characteristics of old-growth forests and canopies, ecological responses to Mount St. Helens 1980 eruption, forest ecosystems found on both the wet (west side) and dry (eastside) of the Cascade Range, and subalpine parkland landscapes at Mount Rainier National Park. All nights will be spent tent camping. Students will be responsible for their own equipment (e.g. sleeping bags,tents, etc.) and meals.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Class assignments and grading
Several scientific journal articles on the ecology of Pacific Northwest forests will be assigned as well as a short book on the forest types of Mt. Rainier.
Grades will be based on participation during the field trip and a term paper.