Mountain Ecology

Mountain Ecology
In this course we will examine western mountain ranges (Sierra Nevada, Rocky Mountains, and Cascades) and National Parks (e.g., Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Glacier, and Yosemite). These exceptional landscapes will serve as the backdrop for exploring geology, climate, ecology, and natural history of forested and alpine environments. Through lecture, readings, videos, and individual/group activities, we will cover topics including altitude and adaptations, mountains as hotspots for biodiversity, ecosystem services, and effects of climate change on species and habitats. The instructor will share personal experience from releasing wolves into the Idaho wilderness to leading recovery efforts for endangered species, as well as decades of collaborating with federal and state agencies on species of concern and watershed and habitat management issues.

Ray Vizgirdas is a retired biologist with more than 30 years with the US Forest Service and the US Fish and Wildlife Service in California and Idaho. He is also adjunct faculty at Boise State and Northwest Nazarene universities in Idaho teaching advanced and graduate level courses in biology and environmental sciences. /
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BIOL 1008

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Winter 2024

BIOL1008A-W24 Lecture (Vizgirdas)