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BIO 137   Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning

Can the current decline in global biodiversity alter the functioning and stability of ecosystems?

The answer to this question can be reached by evaluating the ecological consequences of changing patterns in biodiversity, through either extinction or addition of species. We will review the relative or specific role of extrinsic factors (climate, disturbance, soils, etc), genetic, taxonomic, or functional diversity in ecosystem processes using both experimental and natural evidence.

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Prerequisites: Any biology course numbered 026 or higher. Students with preparation outside Biology should seek permission of the instructor


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