ESF 550: Community Ecology of NE Landscape

Synonym:

56720 (for web registration)

Section:

A

Faculty:

Thomas Wessels

Credits:

3

Seats:

16

Semester:

Fall 2008

Meeting Schedule:

Wednesdays 9/3 - 12/17 (9:00AM-11:59AM)

Description:

Competency Area: Natural Communities - Required
Required of and restricted to ES students entering in Summer 08 and Fall 08.
Section A: Restricted to students who register for ESS 572, Earth Science, Section A.
Prerequisite: Being able to identify by bark the two dozen most common species of central New England trees (study guide available through Antioch146s web site and FirstClass.
(Registration for training modules available August 27 and Sept 2).

This course examines the diversity of plant communities found in central New England with special attention to the impact of topography, substrate, and disturbance regimes on community composition and structure. As a largely field-based course, both qualitative and quantitative means will be used to describe community composition and structure, as well as the reasons for community placement. Ecocindicator species will be used to delineate specific topographic and edaphic sites, while evidence of various disturbances will be used to interpret successional patterns as a means for