BIO6820 Functional & Experimental Plant Ecology

Course Overview

Educational Level: Graduate, Master
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:

For every action there is a reaction. Ecological processes respond to stimuli from manmade influencers. As mankind continues to grow ecological systems adapt and play a dynamic role in community processes on a global scale.

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