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EVSC 4559/7559: The atmosphere and plants (and soils)

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2019
This class, which I co-teach with Prof. Sally Pusede, focuses on interactions between biota (plants and soil microbes) and the lower atmosphere.  The class focuses on chemical and physiological aspects of these interactions, rather on physical transport.  We draw the readings from the primary and secondary literature, and discussion figures heavily in the class.  The class concentrates on those chemicals in the atmosphere that are either produced or consumed by plants and/or that have concentrations dependent upon biogenic products.  

Food: Science, Society, and Sustainability (FORU 2500)

Semester: 

N/A
This class is the capstone to the four semester Forum sequence in UVa's New Curriculum that I co-teach with Prof. Paul Freedman of the Politics Deprtment.  The class examines food systems from natural and social science perspectives with emphases on cultural, social, political, and environmental sustainability.  Sorry, but this class will not be offered in 2019-2020.

Terrestrial Ecology (EVSC 5220)

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2019
Analyzes the patterns and processes in terrestrial ecosystems. Topic include macro- and micro-meteorological factors such as producer, consumer, and decomposer processes; hydrologic and biogeochemical pathways; and changes through space and time. Three lecture and four field or laboratory hours.  I am currently not leading this class, but I will offer several guest lectures-discussions in the fall of 2019.

Fundamentals of Ecology (EVSC 3200)

Semester: 

N/A

Offered: 

2019
Studies energy flow, nutrient cycling and allocation in natural ecosystems, organization of species at the population and community levels, and interaction among people, the biosphere, and physiochemical Earth System.  This is a lecture-format class (3 credits) with an affiliated lab class (EVSC 3201) that is recommended but not required for students enrolled in 3200.  This class is offered each fall and spring.  I will NOT be one of the faculty offering the class in 2019-2020, but I hope to return to it in the coming year.

Conservation Ecology:Biodiversity and Beyond (EVSC 2220)

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2019
Studies ecological science relevant to sustaining populations, species, ecosystems, and the global biosphere. Includes discussion of genetic inbreeding, critical population size, community structure and organization, maintenance of critical ecosystem function, and global biogeochemistry. Case studies from around the world demonstrate links between human-driven environmental change and the health of the biosphere, at all levels, from the organism to the planet.  This is a lecture-format class (3 credits) that is designed for non-majors.
This class WILL be offered in the fall of 2019... Read more about Conservation Ecology:Biodiversity and Beyond (EVSC 2220)