ESRM201 Spring 2017- Prof. Sharon Doty

(website- last revised 2/21/17)

ESRM 201 Course Background:  Objectives and Syllabus
Spring 2017: Lectures on Tuesdays 1:30-2:50

Lab Sections on Wednesdays or Thursdays
Lab Section AA on Wednesdays 1:30-4:20 in WFS 107; extended days on May 10, 17, and 24
Lab Section AB on Thursdays 1:30-4:20 in WFS 107; extended days on May 11, 18, and 25

* Note: All day field trip on May 24/25

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

Examinations:  Midterm (30%) and Final (30%)

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 28             Intro to forest and urban ecosystems and the urban- rural gradient; Climate
Mar 29&30      (WFS 107) Lecture on plant form and function.  Analysis of plant samples; campus tree tour with TA

Apr 4               Principles of Ecology:  ecosystem functions, niches, succession
Apr 5&6          Meet at the Washington Park Arboretum Graham Visitor Center.  Finish by 5pm 

Apr 11             Soils along the urban to wildland gradient
Apr 12&13      (WFS107) Lab exercises:  Split class into three groups:
1) Soils: Textures, ratios, pH, water holding capacity, organic matter
2) Intro to molecular biology as a way to verify species identification
3) Review of plant ID: sketches in lab notebook

Apr 18             Biotic disturbances and human influences
Apr 19&20      (WFS107) Lab exercises:  plant microbiology (mutualists and pathogens)

Apr 25              Wildlife along the urban to wildland gradient
Apr 26&27      Field trip to Union Bay Natural Area for wildlife; Fact Sheet presentations 

May 2               Beneficial insects (guest lecture by Dr. Angela Mech
May 3&4         Midterm Exam

May 9             Abiotic disturbances- fire, wind, avalanches, volcanic eruptions
May 10&11     Field trip to SEA streets & Carkeek Park.  Return about 5:30 PM.  Fact Sheets

May 16            Aquatic and riparian ecosystems
May 17&18     Field trip to Snoqualmie River.  Return about 6:00 PM.  Fact Sheets

May 23             Adaptations to different environments
May 24&25     All Day field trip to East Side of Cascades.  7 AM to 7 PM!  Fact Sheets

May 30            Landscape management for sustainability (course review)
May 31&June1:Final exam (plant ID and written exams): We will NOT use the UW-assigned final exam day for the written portion.

WE ARE NOT USING THE UW-assigned time for our final exam