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Instructor Class Description

Time Schedule:

Jerry F. Franklin
ESRM 490
Seattle Campus

Special Topics

Individual tutorial study of topics or courses under development to address the latest scientific developments in forest resources. Offered: AWSpS.

Class description

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

Recommended preparation

none

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.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Additional Information
Last Update by James A Freund
Date: 04/21/2008