BIO4820 Functional & Experimental Plant Ecology

Course Overview

Educational Level: Upper undergraduate, Bachelor
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. Tracey Carrillo

Course Description:

Functional ecology is the branch of ecology that focuses on the roles, or functions, that species play in the community or ecosystem in which they occur. In this approach, physiological, anatomical, and life history characteristics of the species are emphasized. It represents the true crossroads between ecological patterns and the processes and mechanisms that underlie them. Functional ecology often emphasizes an integrative approach, using organismal traits and activities to understand community dynamics and ecosystem processes, particularly in response to the rapid global changes occurring in earths environment.

How This Course Benefits Students:

What role does a plant play in individual ecoystems, what is their funtion and interation with community partners and the environment.

Why This Course Is Important:

Any student that wants to know the role and function species play in community and ecological systems should take this course