Ecology in Extreme Environments

Diana Wall, Shane Kanatous


Upon first sight, Antarctica strikes the observer as barren, cold and lifeless. However, scientific research has shown the continent to have a rich marine life including penguins and seals, and uniquely structured terrestrial ecosystems. Antarctica has become a model for understanding the biology and role of species in ecosystems. What physiological adaptations allow marine and terrestrial organisms to survive? How will global changes affect the species and ecosystems and how does this inform our knowledge of other ecosystems? This upper division/graduate class will explore these questions and more through a series of 2 hr discussions and lectures of the current and classic Antarctic literature. Attendance is also required for 2 of 3 talks by Colorado Antarctic Scientists as part of the Antarctic lecture series held at the Public Library throughout the semester.

Section: 6
Credits: 1
Restrictions: none
First Meeting: 1/19/2011
Meeting Times: tba
Classroom: tba
CRN: 17053
Cross Listed: BZ 692, CRN 15619, Undergraduate students must register for ECOL 592
Enrollment Limit: 15
Background: Biology, natural resources, climate change
Course Text: none
Instructor Contact Info:
      Diana Wall 970-491-0782
      Shane Kanatous