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Alpine Ecology BIOE 416
Monday, July 20, 2020, 8:00 AM to Friday, July 31, 2020, 5:00 PM EDT
Category: Course

Location (Field Station):
Flathead Lake Biological Station, Montana, USA

Course Description:
M–F, Full Day, 3 Credits Prerequisites: One semester of college-level biology and an ecology course or consent of instructor. Exploration of the distribution, abundance, and biotic interactions of plants and animals and their unique ecophysiological adaptations to life in the rigorous environments of high mountains above the timberline, with emphasis on the Crown of the Continent area. Students learn about the distribution of plants and animals and study the processes and interactions that are the foundation to ecology in alpine environments. Emphasis is placed on the processes that organize communities including drivers of global climate, and the complex interrelationships of biotic and abiotic interactions, including natural and human components as modifiers of system dynamics, and how those processes affect alpine systems. The class is organized around field trips and data intensive class projects that underscore major concepts and allow training in data collection, analysis, writing a scientific paper, presentation and interpretation by students.

Instructor – Dr. Wendy Ridenour, U of Montana Western

Web Address of Course Info:

Contact: Marie Kohler [email protected] 406-872-4515