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Ecology I: The Earth System



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The materials and information for this class can be found on Stellar.


Course Description


Fundamentals of ecology, considering Earth as an integrated dynamic system.

  • Coevolution of the biosphere, geosphere, atmosphere and oceans.
  • Introduction to thermodynamics.
  • The Earth's energy budget.
  • Photosynthesis and respiration.
  • The hydrologic, carbon and nitrogen cycles.
  • Flow of energy and materials through ecosystems, regulation of the distribution and abundance of organisms, structure and function of ecosystems. Evolution and natural selection; metabolic diversity; productivity.
  • Trophic dynamics; models of population growth, competition, mutualism and predation.

One of the 7.012x classes is recommended.