F&ES 752a / 2017-2018

Ecology and Conservation of Tropical Forests

Credits: 3
Fall 2017: Tu,Th, 1:00-2:20, Kroon 319

Tropical forests contain extraordinarily high biological diversity and provide critical ecosystem services, yet are being rapidly destroyed and degraded by human activities. This course will focus on the structure, function and diversity of intact and degraded tropical forests, with an emphasis on the ecological processes that shape these unique and diverse ecosystems. We will also discuss the major threats to tropical forests, as well as examples of tropical forest recovery following disturbance. The course will involve a mix of lectures and student-led discussions. Students successfully completing this course will be given priority for the Tropical Field Ecology fieldtrip course in the spring semester.