ENV 717b () / 2021-2022
Tropical Field Ecology
Spring 2022: Tu,Th, 1:00-2:20, Kroon 319
This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to tropical biology and the conservation of biodiversity in the tropics, through a combination of lectures, discussions, and hands-on research projects. Lectures will provide background on the climate, structure, function, and diversity of tropical forests, with an emphasis on the evolutionary and ecological processes shaping these ecosystems. Through guest lectures and hands on projects analyzing real-world ecological data from the tropics, students will also gain experience with study design, data collection methods, statistical analysis, and scientific writing and presentations. Students should have a basic background in ecology through prior coursework (either at YSE or through undergraduate courses). If conditions permit, a subset of students from this course will be selected to participate in an optional field trip to the Neotropics (either during spring break in March, or more likely, in May/June). Participation in the field trip is not guaranteed and will require a short application once we determine whether (and when) the trip will be possible.