July 1 to July 18, 2013
Vegetation Ecology is a survey of physical and biological processes that control the distribution and dynamics of vegetation. Through fieldwork and individual projects, students will gain hands-on experience regarding concepts and field methods in vegetation science. Based at the CU Mountain Research Station, the class will spend 3 weeks exploring the ecology of the region – from Great Plains grasslands to the Continental Divide, with an emphasis on dynamics of upper montane, subalpine, and alpine landscapes.
Climate change may have profound effects on mountain forests and alpine tundra, and the benefits they provide to surrounding communities such as water, recreation, and forage. Warming of 2-5 °C is expected in the Rocky Mountains over the next 50 years.
Since 2009, a warming experiment run on Niwot Ridge by the University of California, Merced has been experimentally determining what...