BIOL 137. Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning
Can the current decline in global biodiversity alter the functioning and stability of ecosystems? The answer to this question can be reached by evaluating the ecological consequences of changing patterns in biodiversity, through either extinction or addition of species. We will review the relative or specific role of extrinsic factors (climate, disturbance, soils, etc.), genetic, taxonomic, and functional diversity in ecosystem functioning using both experimental and natural evidence.
With permission of instructor, a student may take the discussion (NOT LAB) section of this seminar as 1 credit of BIOL 093 .
Prerequisite: BIOL 002 and/or BIOL 036, or permission of instructor.
Natural sciences and engineering practicum.
Eligible for ENVS.
Fall 2018. Machado.
Catalog chapter: Biology
Department website: http://www.swarthmore.edu/biology