On The Changing Arctic: The effects of climate change on the Arctic ecosystems

Joe von Fischer, Aki Koyama, Sam Dunn

Description:Keywords: Climate Change, Biogeochemistry, Microbial Ecology, Plant-Soil-Microbe interactions, Permafrost, Hydrology, Plant Communities Description: The Arctic is warming at a faster rate than the rest of the planet. With this warming come changes in plant community composition, soil characteristics, permafrost, and microbial activity. What is uncertain is how the current paradigm will be affected by this change. This course seeks to review and synthesize current literature on the topic of Arctic warming, plant community shifts, permafrost hydrology, and microbial ecology in hopes of unifying threads of research from different sub disciplines of ecology. The structure of this course is guided discussion. Participants will take turns leading class and selecting papers to critically discuss and analyze. Through the course, the participants will co-author a comprehensive review on this subject.

Section: 4
Credits: 1
First Meeting: 8/20/2012
Meeting Times: TBD. Based on availability of participants First meeting will be at 11:00 on date below.
Classroom: AZ 426
CRN: 60565
Cross Listed:
Enrollment Limit: 10
Course Text: Primary Literature
Instructor Contact Info:
      Joe von Fischer joe.von_fischer@colostate.edu 970-491-2679
      Aki Koyama aki.koyama@colostate.edu
      Sam Dunn sam.dunn@colostate.edu 970-491-2287