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.
Prerequisite: Any Group III intermediate biology course.  Students who have taken a Group I or Group II intermediate course may register with consent of the instructor. 
Natural sciences and engineering.
1 credit.
Eligible for ENVS, GLBL-core
Spring 2021. Grossman.
Spring 2022. Machado.
Catalog chapter: Biology  
Department website:

Check the Fall 2020 Schedule of Courses

Check the Spring 2021 Schedule of Courses

Print-Friendly Page (opens a new window)