ESRM201 Spring 2018- Prof. Sharon Doty

(website- last revised 2/16/18)

Spring 2018: Lectures on Tuesdays 1:30-2:50

Lab Sections on Wednesdays or Thursdays
Lab Section AA on Wed. 1:30-4:20 in WFS 107
Lab Section AB on Thurs. 1:30-4:20 in WFS 107

Course Introduction: This course will introduce you to the principles of ecology across an urban to wild land gradient.  Students will be exposed in the classroom, labs and field trips to basic ecological theory and northwest plant communities as well as to the interaction of plants, soil, soil organisms, climate, hydrology, fire, insects and diseases on the landscape. 

Course Grading

  1. Field trips and labs
    1. Factsheets (2 per field trip: 4 x 2 = 8): 20%
    2. Participation
    3. Journal and associated pre-field trip homework: 20%

Course Objectives

Course Syllabus: Lectures on Tuesdays, labs on either Wed. or Thurs.

Mar 27               Intro to forest and urban ecosystems and the urban-rural gradient; Climate
Mar 28&29      (WFS 107) Lab exercises on plant form and function and classification; campus tree tour

Apr 3               Principles of Ecology:  ecosystem functions, niches, succession
Apr 4&5          Meet at the Washington Park Arboretum Graham Visitor Center.  Finish by 5pm 

Apr 10             Soils along the urban to wildland gradient
Apr 11&12      (WFS107) Lab exercises: 
1) Soils: Textures, ratios, pH, water holding capacity, organic matter
2) Intro to molecular biology as a way to verify species identification
3) Plant ID (angiosperms): sketches in lab notebook

Apr 17             Beneficial insects (guest lecture by Prof. Tobin)
Apr 18&19      (WFS107) Lab exercises:  Symbiosis (the spectrum from pathogens/parasites to mutualists)

Apr 24             Wildlife along the urban to wildland gradient
Apr 25&26      Field trip to Union Bay Natural Area for wildlife; Fact Sheet presentations 

May 1              Biotic Disturbances
May 2&3         Midterm Exam (not including Biotic Disturbances)

May 8             Abiotic disturbances- fire, wind, avalanches, volcanic eruptions
May 9&10       Field trip to SEA streets & Carkeek Park.  Return about 5:30 PM.  Fact Sheets

May 15             Aquatic and riparian ecosystems
May 16&17     Field trip to Snoqualmie River.  Return about 6:00 PM.  Fact Sheets

May 22            Adaptations to different environments
May 23&24     All Day field trip to East Side of Cascades.  7 AM to 7 PM!  Fact Sheets

May 29              Landscape management for sustainability (course review)
May 30&31     Final exam (We will NOT use the UW-assigned final exam day)