EEB 348 - Forest Ecosystems
Section: 711
Term: SU 2008
Subject: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB)
Department: LSA Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Requirements & Distribution:
With permission of department.
Class Misc Info:
Meets at the Biological Station, June 21 to August 16, 2008.
Advisory Prerequisites:
BIOLOGY 162 or 163 or 171 & 172 & 173 or 195 & 173.
Other Course Info:
Su at Biological Station.
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This field course focuses on the ecology of forest species and the components of ecological systems which support them. Basic concepts of ecosystems structure and function are emphasized in lectures, discussions, and twice-weekly field trips in the rich diversity of forests surrounding the Biological Station. This site includes some of finest old-growth hardwood and conifer forests in Michigan as well as dry, fire-prone pine plains, mesic moraines, diverse wetlands, and oak forest which are the legacy of Native American agriculture. Emphasis is placed on the integration of topography, climate, soil, and vegetation at each field site. The dynamics of fire ecology, regeneration of forest species, and forest succession are stressed. Knowledge of forest species and ecosystem components through hands-on field work provide the basis for understanding why plants grow where they do. This ecocentric approach is applicable in temperate forest ecosystems throughout the world.

Intended audience: Aimed mainly at sophomores and juniors, this course is well suited for students taking ENVIRON 311 or EEB 556, also offered at the Bio Station. These courses are scheduled on separate days in order that students taking 2 courses during the summer term may take any 2 of these 3 offerings.

Course Requirements: Evaluation of student performance based on the following: (a) the numerical score on lecture and field exams; (b) the performance in field labs as monitored by the instructor and by the written evaluation of the GSI; and (c) the numerical grade of the project report and presentation. All students must complete a report on an individual or class project assigned by the instructor, not to exceed 6 double-spaced, typed pages (not including references or figures or tables). The report should be a concise description of the study and include the following sections: Introduction (including background, problem statement and objectives), Study Area, Methods, Results, Discussion, and Summary and Conclusions. Complexity is determined by the complexity of the field study undertaken.

Class Format: Even with lecture/discussion, lab is main component of Bio Station courses. Course taught 2 days each week for 8 weeks, or 16 contact hours each week. In the field lab, the GSI will be in charge of one half of the students and the instructor will be in charge of the other one half of the students.

EEB 348 - Forest Ecosystems
Schedule Listing
711 (LAB)
W 8:00AM - 9:00AM
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