Spring 2020 - GEOG 315 D100

World Ecosystems (4)

Class Number: 3176

Delivery Method: In Person

Overview

  • Course Times + Location:

    We, Fr 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
    WMC 2202, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 14, 2020
    12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    Location: TBA

  • Instructor:

    Lance Lesack
    llesack@sfu.ca
    1 778 782-3326
    Office: RCB 7225
  • Prerequisites:

    GEOG 215 or BISC 204.

Description

CALENDAR DESCRIPTION:

Distribution, structure, function, and dynamics of the world's major biomes. Attention to comparative aspects among terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems and to environmental problems associated with the biomes.

COURSE DETAILS:

Description:  This course examines the distribution, structure, function, and dynamics of the major biomes/ecosystems of the planet.  The comparative aspects among terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems are emphasized, and current environmental problems associated with each of the biomes are examined.

Organization:
  Two one-hour lectures and one two-hour tutorial session per week.  The final exam will be scheduled during the regular examination period.  There will be no tutorial session in the first week of classes.

Course Topics:
Ecosystem structure, function, & dynamics

Terrestrial Biomes

Temperate forests                                                            
Temperate grasslands                                                            
Boreal forests                                                            
Arctic and alpine tundra                                                            
Tropical forests                                                            
Savannas                                                            
Deserts

Aquatic Biomes
Lakes                                                            
Rivers                                                            
Ocean pelagic                                                            
Ocean deep-water zones                                                            
Coastal and reef ecosystems

Grading

  • Tutorial Participation 10%
  • Short Paper 10%
  • Term Paper 30%
  • Term Paper Presentation 10%
  • Final Examination 40%

Materials

REQUIRED READING:

Custom Courseware Package. 2020.  Readings in World Ecosystems.  SFU Bookstore.

Additional readings (no required text) - will be assigned through the term from the following:

Archibold, O.W. 1995.  Ecology of World Vegetation.  Chapman and Hall, 510pp.

Barnes, R.S.K., and K.H. Mann (Eds.). 1991.  Fundamentals of Aquatic Ecology.  Blackwell Scientific, 270pp.

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