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    Jan 20, 2022  
2016-2017 Graduate Catalog 
    
2016-2017 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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EPP 620 - Biodiversity Analysis for Ecosystem Sustainability and Resilience

3 Credit Hours
Biodiversity, through its links to ecosystem services production, is crucial for human well-being, economic development and poverty alleviation.  Using insect/nematode/microbial communities as model systems, this course examines the structure and function of food webs and the role of biodiversity in ecosystem sustainability and resilience.  Students will design and carry out a team research project to reveal subtle human impact on biodiversity and its role in the production of ecosystem services through comparisons between different habitats or urban to rural gradients.  Students will analyze the data collected, interpret results by integrating discussion of ecological principles, biodiversity, environmental bioindicators, soil health, ecosystem services, ecosystem sustainability and resilience, and will communicate their findings in a well-written scientific paper.
Contact Hour Distribution: 1 hour lecture and 4 hours lab.
Registration Restriction(s): Minimum student level – graduate.



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