NS 360 - Winter Ecology & Lab
Organisms that inhabit northern climes face the incessant challenges of dramatic seasonal changes, intense cold, limited energy resources, reduced light levels, and long-term snow and ice. Winter ecologists investigate physiological and behavioral adaptations of organisms to winter conditions. During this course we survey biotic communities of Vermont from coniferous boreal and deciduous broad-leaved forests, mountains and cold pockets to benthic invertebrates of streams and lakes.
Faculty: Jeff Parsons firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael Gaige email@example.com
Texts: Marchand, Peter. 1996. Life in the Cold: An introduction to Winter Ecology.
Campbell, Hyland, and Campbell. 1975. Winter Keys to Woody Plants of Maine.
Heinrich. 2003. Winter World
Rezendes. 1992. Tracking & the Art of Seeing
Elbroch. 2003. Mammal Tracks and Sign
McClung and Schaerer. 2006. The Avalanche Handbook.
Note: Selected readings from current periodicals will be available electronically
This four-credit, intensive course combines seminar-style discussions with time spent in the field (including Zealand Hut, NH) and laboratory. Students should be prepared for fieldwork daily. Snowshoes are required (they maybe rented through Sterling or the Outdoor Center).
Course Objectives: Students will...
Winter Ecology entails both process and product assessments, with different elements contributing to student grades as follows:
Detailed expectations will be provided for: