Course Syllabus

Course Information
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10:00-10:50, HUMN 135

Instructor: Cameron Naficy
Office hours: Monday and Wednesday 11:10 – 12:30pm or by appointment
Office location: Guggenheim 314

Teaching assistant: Ben Brayden
Office hours: by appointment
Office location: Gugg 107

Course Content
Biogeography is the study of the spatial patterns of biological diversity and its causes, both in the present and in the past. Biogeographers synthesize information from a very broad range of fields, including ecology, evolution, paleontology, and climatology. This course will provide a historical background for the field of biogeography and the ecological foundations needed to understand the distribution and abundance of species and their changes over time. We will also explore the relevance of biogeography during a time of increasing human impact and climate change.

Watch the full video: Fire in the Mountains: understanding fire history and forest dynamics in Colorado
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Research paper overview

Critique Overview
See the syllabus for some guidelines on how to write your critiques. Also, you can review the following example critique.

Additional Readings
Enright & Ogden 1995    
Enright et al. 1995    
Franklin & Lindenmayer 2009    
Fritts 2000    
Fritts 1998    


Lecture Notes
01-Introduction to Biogeography  
02-History of Biogeography
03-Distribution of Species  
03-Distribution of Species UPDATED  
04-Distribution of Communities in Space  
05-Distribution of Communities in Time  
06-Southern hemisphere conifers  
07-Alternative Models of Succession  
08-Dispersal & Persistance  
09-Evolution & Speciation  
10-Continental Drift  
11-Diversification of Species  
12-History of Lineages  
Synapomorphy vs. sympleisiomorphy  
13 - Glaciations  
14 - Biodiversity Gradients  
15 - Ecogeographic Rules  
16 - Areography & Macroecology  
17 - Biogeography I  
18 - Conservation biogeography  
19 - Fire ecology