Biodiversity Dynamics

Spring 2018
Jenny McGuire
BIOL 4813 MGU
BIOL 8813 MGU
EAS 4813 MGU
EAS 8813 MGU

Biodiversity Dynamics will be a project-based course will explore where plants and animals live on the landscape, and how and why they move or evolve in response to environmental changes and human impacts. We will use real species, landscape, climate, and human impact data to explore biogeographic rules, such as the latitudinal & elevation diversity gradients. We will also learn about how landscape ecologists use species distribution models and corridor models for conservation purposes. While exploring drivers of biological patterns, students will learn some useful, marketable tools, including the basics of ArcGIS. This course will serve as a bridge to integrate fields and connect fundamental concepts in biology, earth & atmospheric sciences, and conservation. I hope you can join us!

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