Ecosystem Resistance, Resilience, and Stability

Andrew Felton, Melinda Smith

Description:The goal of this course is to explore both the theory and empirical research related to drivers of the resistance and resilience of ecosystem structure and functioning under environmental change. The course will consider both pulsed disturbances (e.g., fire and drought) and chronic changes (e.g., N deposition), particularly within the context of current human-driven global changes. The course will thus aim to attain breadth in an understanding of the determinants of ecosystem stability, while utilizing weekly class sessions to analyze and discuss in detail the assigned papers focused primarily on the mechanisms of ecosystem resistance and resilience. Each week students will select a paper in groups to contribute insight into weekly discussions of the specific topic and reading. Attendance and participation in discussion will be used as part of the grading process. Additionally, weekly assignments in the form of worksheets pertaining to the assigned papers will be used to evaluate student performance. Both assigned and student selected papers will be cataloged on Mendeley, resulting in the production of a comprehensive information resource on ecosystem resistance, resilience, and stability for students.

Section: 1
Credits: 1
First Meeting: 1/20/2016
Meeting Times: Tues 1 - 1:50 pm
Classroom: Yates rm 206
CRN: 10362
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Enrollment Limit: 20
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Instructor Contact Info:
      Andrew Felton 612-251-8554
      Melinda Smith 970-491-7155