NATR 115: Natural Ecosystems

Credits 5
Quarter Offered

Forest ecosystems are homes to millions of plant and animal species. Students will learn native tree species and explore factors that influence forest composition, disturbance-succession cycles, biodiversity, and transformation of forest habitats. Class focuses on natural ecosystems of the Olympic Peninsula. This class may include students from multiple sections.

  1. Discuss ecosystems and the tools used to analyze them
  2. Compare and contrast the main branches of ecosystem science
  3. Define ecological energetics and biogeochemistry
  4. Discuss sustainable natural ecosystems initiatives
  5. Define and summarize the cycles disturbance succession
  6. List causes of ecosystem disturbances
  7. Analyze the interrelationships between humans and natural ecosystems