BIO 530: ECOSYSTEMS BIOGEOCHEMISTRY
Fall Graduate Course (even years)
Text: Biogeochemistry - An Analysis of Global Change by William H. Schlesinger (1997)
Biogeochemistry is the integrative study of interactions between organisms and environment. Understanding ecosystem change requires knowledge of processes occurring in the atmosphere, oceans, land, ice, crustal minerals, and living organisms. This intensive lecture-discussion course will be a forum for learning about the cycles of life and elements within and among Earths major ecosystems.
BIO 535: AQUATIC MICROBIAL ECOLOGY
Fall Graduate Course (odd years)
Text Book: Marine Microbial Ecology by David L. Kirchman, Wiley-Liss, 2008.
Inconspicuous microorganisms control many ecosystem level processes. This highly interactive lecture-discussion graduate course (open to qualified advanced undergraduate students) will explore the diversity, abundance, distribution and activities of microorganisms (e.g., virus, bacteria, protozoa, phytoplankton and zooplankton) in freshwater and marine ecosystems, by examining the role ubiquitous aquatic microbes play in food web processes and biogeochemical cycles.