study of the structure, function, and ecological diversity of forested ecosystems,
and the physical factors that influence this diversity, including emergent
properties of energy flow and nutrient cycling. Special emphasis is given
to understanding forest disturbances and succession, and implications for
impacts of management and sustainability are discussed throughout.
Assistants Ryan Sims (left) and Michael
(right) in Yellowstone National Park, 2006.
the fundamental concepts of biology, including basic chemistry of living
systems, cell structures and functions, energy relations, genetics,
molecular biology, ecology, population dynamics and evolutionary theory.
Living invertebrate and vertebrate organisms studied during some lab
Natural Resource Policy Practice
student resolution in multidisciplinary teams of environment and natural
resource problems and issues; practice in formulating policy alternatives; case
studies; planning, performing and coordinating multidisciplinary research.
Special Topics in
students with various topics not covered in regular courses, such as
disturbance ecology, chronosequence research, and many other topics.
Emphasizes recent developments appearing in journal literature.