Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning
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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: For Biology majors: any biology course numbered BIOL 026  or higher.  Other students should seek permission of the instructor before registration.
Natural sciences and engineering practicum.
Lab required.
2 credits.
Eligible for ENVS.
Fall 2018. Machado.
Catalog chapter: Biology  
Department website: http://www.swarthmore.edu/biology


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