Dec 01, 2023
PBIO 2470 - Biomes of the World
Detailed survey of biomes around the world. Broad characterization of each ecosystem globally is coupled with details on representative protected areas for each biome in North America. Emphasis is placed on geologic and ecological processes determining vegetation zones and the plant and animal species characteristic of each biome. Conservation issues, human impacts, and products for human use, are discussed throughout the course.
Credit Hours: 3
General Education Code: 2NS
Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.
Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture
Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I
- become familiar with reserves representing each biome in North America.
- develop appreciation for landscape-scale conservation for biomes, and its triumphs and challenges in the 21st century.
- gain exposure to characteristic animals and plants of each biome.
- learn about conservation issues and human impacts affecting each biome.
- learn about some products derived for human benefit from each biome.
- learn how interaction of landscape-scale topography, local, and regional climate and substrate affect ecosystem development.
- understand how topographically and ecologically similar sites around the world predictably support the same biome type.
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