Geography 171: Special Topics in Physical Geography: The Ecology of Climate Change

Geography 171
CCN: 36343
(3 units)
Danielle Watts
Location: 145 McCone Hall
Times: MW 11-12:30

The rate of warming as well as the annual changes in climatic timing have no analogue in recent history (~650,000 ybp), and thus many ecosystems organized and evolved under different climatic forces those of the present and projected future.  Our goal will be a working understanding of the evidence for global climate change as well as the major ecological responses to increased CO2, temperatures, and changes in disturbance regimes. We will focus on terrestrial ecosystems, although students should also expect to gain familiarity with climate change on marine ecosystems, human health, and agricultural systems.