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General Ecology (PCB4043C)

  • Ecological processes and organization in terrestrial and aquatic habitats. Lectures focus on fundamental principles of ecology. Laboratory and field exercises emphasize how ecologists do research, including: formulating testable hypotheses, designing field and lab experiments, collecting and analyzing data, and using mathematical models.
  • Pre-requisites: college-level biology.
  • Four credit hours.
  • Offered one or two semesters per year by a team of instructors.

Principles of Ecosystem Ecology (PCB5338)

  • Structure and function of ecosystems, with an emphasis on carbon and nutrient cycling in the context of climate change and other global change drivers (e.g., nitrogen deposition, land use change, and altered disturbance regimes). Examples of the questions we address include: How is ecosystem carbon storage responding to climate change? How do ecosystems respond to elevated atmospheric CO2 concentrations, and how does nutrient availability affect this CO2 response? How does biodiversity affect ecosystem function?
  • Three credit hours.
  • Spring 2018.

Climate Change Biology (BSC3307C)

  • Climate change and its impacts on biological communities, feedbacks from the biosphere to the climate system, human impacts on the carbon cycle. Emphasis on the response of vegetation to climate change and rising atmospheric CO2 concentrations, and the role of terrestrial ecosystems in regulating climate via the carbon cycle.
  • Pre-requisites: college-level biology.
  • Four credit-hours.
  • Fall 2011 and fall 2012 (ZOO4926).

Global Change Ecology and Sustainability (BSC2862)

  • This course examines key issues in Sustainability and Global Environmental Change from an ecological perspective.
  • No pre-requisites.
  • Three credit hours.
  • Spring 2013 and spring 2015. Currently taught by other instructors.
  • This is a core course in the Bachelor of Arts in Sustainability Studies (BASS) degree program. The course is intended for non-science majors and counts towards the General Education Requirement in Physical and Biological Sciences.

Graduate Seminars

  • Ecology Seminar (PCB6049, Fall 2014-): Weekly meetings (Fridays at 3:00 p.m. in 222 Carr Hall) provide a forum for graduate students and other researchers to get feedback on their work. We also have periodic field trips to local natural areas and ecological research sites. All are weclome to attend! Email jlichstein@ufl.edu if you are interested in presenting your research. Visit the Ecology Seminar (PEERS) webpage.
  • The Global Carbon Cycle (ZOO6927, Spring 2012): The global carbon cycle and its role in regulating climate. Emphasis on the terrestrial biosphere.
  • Forest Growth Response to Global Change (BOT6935, Fall 2013): Read and discuss current literature aimed at understanding if/how/why the carbon balance of tropical, temperate, and boreal forests has changed over recent decades and may change in the future. Emphasis on response of net primary production to climate change and CO2 fertilization.
  • IPCC Biogeochemistry (BOT6935, Spring 2014): Read and discuss Chapter 6 (“Carbon and Other Biogeochemical Cycles”) from the Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change, Fifth Assessment Report, Working Group I. This 106-page document summarizes the current state of knowledge regarding interactions between the carbon cycle, other biogeochemical cycles, and climate.
  • Ecophylogenetics (BOT6935, Fall 2016): Read and discuss foundational and recent literature on how ecological questions can be approached from a phylogenetic perspective.