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Ecosystems of California (Coursera)

This course surveys the diversity, structure and functioning of California’s ecosystems through time and the ways they have influenced and responded to human activities and stewardship. Topics include ecosystem drivers such as climate, soils, and land use history; human and ecological prehistory of the state; comparative marine, freshwater, and terrestrial ecosystem dynamics; and managed ecosystems such as range, fisheries and agriculture in California.

The course also emphasizes important skills to understand as a scientist or consumer of scientific information, including data collection, natural history, and writing.

Syllabus

WEEK 1

Drivers of Statewide Patterns

Graded: Statewide Patterns

WEEK 2

Marine Systems

Graded: Marine Systems

WEEK 3

Mountains, Lakes, & Deserts

Graded: Mountains, Lakes, & Deserts

WEEK 4

Lowland Systems

Graded: Lowland Systems

WEEK 5

Conclusion

Graded: Using and Constructing Dichotomous Keys

Graded: Final Exam

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