Middlebury

BIOL 0444

Desert Ecology

Desert Ecology
Drylands (deserts, semi-deserts, savannas) account for over 40 percent of Earth’s terrestrial area and are home to two billion people. They represent the most stressful of habitats, but also are home to organisms possessing the most incredible adaptations to survive. In this course we will explore the unique biology of desert ecosystems across the globe, using primary literature, review articles, and nonfiction works to answer: What selective pressures shape physiology and ecology in desert organisms? How have plants and animals evolved to survive in deserts? How are humans and climate change altering dryland ecosystems on local and global scales? (BIOL0140 or instructor permission) 3 hrs. sem.
Subject:
Biology
Department:
Biology
Division:
Natural Sciences
Requirements Fulfilled:

Sections

Spring 2021

BIOL0444A-S21 Seminar (Coe)