Portland-State-University 2021-2022 Bulletin

Geog 513 Disturbance Biogeography of Pacific Northwest

Disturbances are important natural components of all ecosystems, including those in the Pacific Northwest. Disturbances also present risks to human society, yet these are difficult to assess, prevent and predict. This course will serve as an introduction to disturbance ecology in terrestrial ecosystems in the PNW (i.e. from theory to human modifications of nature), including volcanoes, insect outbreaks, wildfires, landslides, earthquakes, and floods among others. The course includes at least one mandatory day field trip. Expected preparation: Geog 210, Geog 313 or Bio 357.


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