ESF 550: Community Ecology of NE Landscape


63860 (for web registration)




Thomas Wessels






Fall 2009

Meeting Schedule:

Wednesdays 9/2 - 12/9 (9:00AM-11:59AM)


Competency Area: Natural Communities – Required Required of and restricted to ES students entering in Spring 09 and Fall 09.

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 Antioch?s web site and FirstClass. (Registration for training modules available August 26 and September 1.)

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 reading the landscape. The course will have a strong grounding in concepts related to community ecology including dominance, diversity, niche