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In this course students wll come to understand the general ideas and concepts of ecology, to be able to integrate information, formulate solutions, and solve ecological problems in modern life. We will emphasize connections with mathematical, physical, and chemical processes, as well the application of ecology to conservation and global change issues.
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Plants are the basis of life as we know it. Unfortunately many of our activities, from eating to driving, are adversely affecting plants worldwide. Each spring, Dr. Ken Feeley of FIU's Department of Biological Sciences (http://www.fiu.edu/~kfeeley/) will teach a course on Plant Conservation Biology in which students will critically examine some of the many threats to plant diversity and the possible mechanisms for mitigating these threats. The course will be based on reading from the primary and popular scientific literature and will combine lectures, presentations and student-led discussions of current conservation events. Some example lecture topics include: "plant responses to global climate change", "why some of the wettest places on earth are at risk of burning down", "how fish farming could save Africa's rainforests", and "the costs and benefits of biofuels".
*Read past student evaluations: numerical scores, comments: 2012
Advanced Plant Conservaiton Biology
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