Summer 2010
Fully Enrolled

SCIE 608
Ecology of Northeastern Trees


08/02/2010 - 08/06/2010
Monday-Friday 08:00 AM - 04:00 PM

Science Tower 137

Special Schedule: One-week immersion, Wednesday, June 25 - Sunday, June 29.

To a large extent, trees define many of Earth's non-marine ecosystems. They dominate landscapes ranging from low-elevation wetlands to high mountains. The trees we see in natural areas reflect past and present environmental conditions, and they are involved in ecologically important interactions with vast numbers of animal, plant, and microbial species. This field course focuses on the trees of northeastern North America. Our five day-long field trips take us to a wide array of habitats where we learn to identify all tree species and observe/discuss their ecological relationships, including environmental requirements, phenology (flowers, fruits, foliage), and relationships with other species (such as pollination, seed dispersal, seed predation, herbivory, galls, soil fungi, and importance in the life cycles of various other species).

Grades will be based on five written and illustrated reports summarizing our field studies and a short review paper or individual field project.

This course entails a substantial amount of long-distance walking and physical exertion, usually in hilly terrain lacking comfort facilities.

Enrollment is limited to 18 students. This course is not open to auditors.

Immersion courses are worth three units of credit and are academically as rigorous as a regular term course, only the class meetings are compressed into a very short time. Students interested in immersion courses should be aware that the syllabus usually requires that students prepare for up to a month prior to the first class meeting and complete assignments in the weeks following the course. Please click here for more information about immersion courses.

This course is offered during August Immersion I; the deadline to withdraw and receive a tuition refund is Wednesday, June 30 at 5:00 pm.

A syllabus for this course is available at:
SCIE 608

Geoffrey Hammerson (B.S. University of California, Berkeley; Ph.D. University of Colorado, Boulder) is a research zoologist at NatureServe and is author of more than 70 reports and publications, most recently, The conservation status of the world's reptiles (Biological Conservation, 2013, with M. Bohm et al.) and Rapid assessment of plant and animal vulnerability to climate change (in Wildlife Conservation in a Changing Climate (University of Chicago Press, 2012, with Young et al.) Click here to read an article about Geoff and his GLS courses.


Consent of Instructor Required: No

Format: Seminar

Level: GLSP Credits: 3 Enrollment Limit: 18

Texts to purchase for this course:
John Laird Farrar, Trees of the Northern United States and Canada (Wiley-Blackwell)


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