swirl Fall 2016:

BIOL 422; 4 credits, including field lab

Image -- Summer 2014 Forest Ecology class: Based on a True Understory.

Forests occupy two-thirds of Virginia's land area, and comprise an interacting complex of life that provides innumerable goods and services. Because of their extensive distribution in the mid-Atlantic region, forests are an integral component of the landscape mosaic, exerting influence on adjoining ecosystems. Across the landscape and over time, forest distribution and rates of productivity are highly variable, fluctuating in response to climate, soils, disturbance, nutrient availability, and human activities. A foundation in the principles of forest ecology will provide a critical basis for science-based land management in the 21 st Century.

Students will learn the fundamentals of forest ecology, with a particular emphasis on Virginia's diverse forest ecosystems. A primary objective of this course is for students to gain understanding of the principal controls on forest structure, growth, and distribution and to relate these principles to sustainable forest management.

Want to know more, visit the Rice Center blog: www.vcu.edu/rice/blog/2011/11/taking_summer_school_outside_f.html.

Chris Gough 2015, Updated July 20, 2015 | cmgough@vcu.edu