Month Date Day Topic Reading Assignment
* Highlighted papers in this column will be used for class discussion
August 27 T Overview & the ecosystem concept Ch. 1
  29 Th Earth’s climate system Ch. 2 (pp. 18-40); Schlesinger 2006
September 3 T Biomes: Spatial and temporal patterns Ch. 2 (pp. 41-45) and chapter 13
  5 Th Geology, soil development, and nutrients Ch. 3; Chadwick et el. 1999
10 T Ecosystem water balance Ch. 4 Koch et al. 2004
12 Th Ecosystem flux measurements: Guest lecture by Prof. Carl Bernacchi Baldocchi 2003
17 T Photosynthesis and GPP Ch. 5, Reich et al. 1997
19 Th Respiration and NPP Ch. 6
24 T Stable isotopes in ecological studies: Guest lecture by Prof. Wendy Yang West 2006
26 Th Trophic dynamics Ch. 11
October 1 T Decomposition and origin of soil OM Ch. 7; Talbot and Treseder 2012
  3 Th Nutrient use Ch. 8
  8 T Nutrient cycling Ch. 9; Elser et al., 2007
10 Th Mid-term Exam  
15 T Community effects on ecosystem processes Ch. 12
17 Th Remote sensing in ecological studies: Guest lecture by Prof. Jonathon Greenberg TBA
22 T Comparisons of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems Ch. 10
24 Th Climate change, novel fire regimes, and biogeochemical implications Mack et al. 2011 (including supplemental material); Westerling et al. 2006
29 T The interface of landscape and ecosystem ecology: Guest lecture by Prof. Jennifer Fraterrigo TBA
  31 Th Biodiversity and ecosystem processes Ch. 12 (pp. 274-277); Tilman et al. 2001; Isbell et al. 2011
November 5 T Greenhouse warming and ecological responses Walther et al. 2002, Foley et al. 2003
7 Th Ecosystem modeling:
Guest lecture by Ryan Kelly
Rastetter 1986
12 T Global geochemical cycles Ch. 15; Norby et al. 2005
14 Th Effects of pollution on ecosystems Rabalais et al. 2007
19 T Human dominance and sustainability Ch. 16; Vitousek et al. 1997; Gelfand et al. 2013
21 Th Term project presentations (groups 1-4) Term paper due
26 T THANKSGIVING BREAK
28 Th THANKSGIVING BREAK
December 3 T Term project presentations (groups 5-8)
  5 Th Term project presentations (groups 9-12)
  10 T Wrap-up & intro to relevant courses