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BIO 301 Tropical Ecosystem Assessment

Course Description: Through this research course, the students will examine the differences in, and the relationships between, three specific trophic levels and C and N nutrients within intact and managed tropical lowland forests in Costa Rica that are at risk due to land management and a changing climate. They will begin to characterize the ecosystem effects that various management practices and/or environmental conditions may have on these forests in regions where there have not been sufficient studies. Thus, the student projects for this course will have the potential to advance the fields of ecosystem assessment, ecological restoration, tropical forest ecology, and provide new diversity and abundance information for microbial, vegetation, and arthropod communities. Course Rotation: Summer


6 credits


BIO 102 Minimum Grade of C- and CHE 112 Minimum Grade of C-