Area of Study
Taught In English
91107 - The Biosphere or equivalent
91123 - Biocomplexity or equivalent
Course Level Recommendations
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Host University Units6
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3 - 4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4 - 6
Hours & Credits
A scientific understanding of ecosystem structure and function is essential for conservation and management of biodiversity. In this subject, students learn how spatial and temporal variations in biotic and abiotic attributes of the environment determine variation in the structure and function of ecosystems across aquatic and terrestrial biomes. A broad cross-section of organisms ranging from plants and microbes to invertebrates and vertebrates is used to illustrate ecological patterns and processes. During field practicals in marine intertidal habitats and in woodland vegetation, and in follow-on laboratory practicals, students ask a series of ecological questions and collect and explore their own scientific evidence as part of a team to answer these questions. This subject is an important link to a range of third-year subjects that require both a deep understanding of ecological concepts as well as the ability to apply ecological knowledge to manage and remediate environmental problems.
Course typically offered during the Spring semester
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.