Terrestrial Ecosystems

Material from 2008 and 2007


Resources
Seminar guidelines
Field Trips and Labs

2008

Week Day and time Convenor Topic Reading
08/09/08 Monday, 08.30 Paul Introduction: The Ecosystem Concept  
  Tuesday, 10.30 Paul The Climate System  
  Thursday, 09.30 Paul Discussion Amundsen and Jenny, 1997 (See WEBcT)
15/09/08 Monday, 08.30 Paul Soil-type Development  
  Monday 11.30   LAB  
  Tuesday, 10.30 Paul Soil Formation, and Physical Properties  
  Thursday, 09.30 Paul Soil Chemical and Biological Properties  
22/09/08 Monday, 08.30 Emma and Lynne

Visit to Miller Geological museum

 
  Monday 11.30   LAB  
  Tuesday, 10.30 Paul Seminar and Field trip guidelines  
  Thursday, 09.30 Paul Soil Biology I  
29/09/08 Monday, 08.30 Paul Soil Biology II, and Biodiversity  
  Tuesday, 10.30 Paul Decomposition, and Plant-soil interactions  
  Thursday, 09.30 Paul Trophic dynamics, and Herbivory  
04/10/08 Overnight field trip   Field visits to a bog, alvar, coniferous forest, deciduous forest, wetland, and crop rotation agroecosystem  
05/10/08 Overnight field trip   Field research projects in/near Stokes field, QUBS  
06/10/08 Monday, 08.30   No class - seminar prep  
  Monday 11.30   LAB  
  Tuesday, 10.30   No class - seminar prep  
  Thursday, 09.30   No class - seminar prep  
13/10/08 Monday, 08.30      
  Tuesday, 10.30 Emma Hill What are the most important effects of soil acidification associated with atmospheric nitrogen deposition on terrestrial ecosystems?

Hogberg et al, 2006. Global Change Biology(See WEBcT)

  Thursday, 09.30 Lynne Bosquet Will climate change affect arctic soil microbial processes in a way that would significantly affect ecosystem functioning?

Rinnan et al., 2008 Global Change Biology (See WEBcT)

20/10/08 Monday, 08.30   No class  
  Monday 11.30   LAB  
  Tuesday, 10.30 Meghan Laidlaw Do plants within a forest ecosystem have the ability to be reciprocally altruistic via mycorrhizal fungal networks? Simard et al, 1997. Nature (See WEBcT)
  Thursday, 09.30 Christy Barbeau Will increased atmospheric CO2 affect species invasions into temperate ecosystems? Hattenschwiler and Korner, 2003. Functional Ecology (See WEBcT)
27/10/08 Monday, 08.30   No class  
  Tuesday, 10.30 Gillian Ottley Can the high plant diversity associated with human habitation support diverse assemblages of animal species? McKinney, 2002. Global Ecology and Biogeography (See WEBcT)
  Thursday, 09.30 Ria Brown What features of wetlands are most important to promoting carbon and nutrient retention? Engelhardt et al, 2001. Nature (See WEBcT)
03/11/08 Monday, 08.30   No class  
  Monday 11.30   LAB  
  Tuesday, 10.30 Eric Tozzi How do we put a value on the services provided by forest ecosystems? Nunez et al, 2006. Ecological Economics (See WEBcT)
  Thursday, 09.30 Ian Miron Do evolutionary changes matter to ecosystem functioning? Schweitzer et al, 2004. Ecology Letters (See WEBcT)
10/11/08 Monday, 08.30   No class  
  Tuesday, 10.30   No class - Remembrance day  
  Thursday, 09.30 Allan Roberts Are temperate old growth forests carbon neutral? Luyssaert et al, 2008. Nature (See WEBcT)
17/11/08 Monday, 08.30 Heather Haig Is phytoremediation really a good thing? - Does it enhance the entry of metals into food chains? Peterson et al, 2003. Chemoecology (See WEBcT)
  Monday 11.30   LAB  
  Tuesday, 10.30 Claire Broughton Why does nutrient limitation of primary production change over long time-scales? Vitousek and Farrington, 1997. Biogeochemistry (See WEBcT)
  Thursday, 09.30   Class cancelled  
24/11/08 Monday, 08.30 Doree Marentette How do we decide on the best approach to restore a disturbed ecosystem? Rayfield et al, 2005. Restoration Ecology (See WEBcT)
  Tuesday, 10.30 Tamara Kingsbury Under what conditions are terrestrial ecosystems governed more by top-down than bottom-up controls? Silliman and Bertness, 2002. PNAS (See WEBcT)
  Thursday, 09.30 Paul Synthesis  

 

 

2007

Week Day and time Convenor Topic Reading
09/01/07 Tuesday, 09.30 Paul Introduction: The Ecosystem Concept  
  Thursday, 08.30 Paul The Climate System  
  Friday, 10.30 Paul Discussion Amundsen and Jenny, 1997 (See WEBcT)
16/01/07 Tuesday, 09.30 Paul Geology and Soils  
  Thursday, 08.30 Paul Soil Development I  
  Friday, 10.30 Erik and Ryan Visit to Miller Geological museum  
23/01/07 Tuesday, 09.30 Paul

Soil Development II
Soil Physical and Chemical Properties I

 
  Thursday, 08.30 Paul Soil Physical and Chemical Properties II  
  Friday, 10.30 Paul Soil Biology I  
30/01/07 Tuesday, 09.30 Joelle Gamble Does conventioal as opposed to organic farming result in a severe loss of soil ecosystem functioning? Oehl et al, 2004
  Thursday, 08.30 Hilary Dugan How will the Arctic's soil carbon pool respond to warming? Christensen et al, 1999
  Friday, 10.30 Paul Soil Biology and Biodiversity II  
06/02/07 Tuesday, 09.30 Petra Deane How and why is species richness related to ecosystem function? Naeem et al, 1995
  Thursday, 08.30 Alex Gerber Does atmospheric N deposition negatively affect temperate forest ecosystem functioning? Magill et al, 2000
  Friday, 10.30 Paul Lab demonstration: Compost under a dissecting microscope (Room 3311 Biosciences)  
13/02/07 Tuesday, 09.30   No class  
  Thursday, 08.30 Erik Zufelt How do earthworms affect nutrient availability?

Whalen et al, 1999.

  Friday, 10.30 Paul Terrestrial Carbon Cycling: A case study from the Arctic I

 

20/02/07 Tuesday, 09.30   Reading week  
  Thursday, 08.30   Reading week  
  Friday, 10.30   Reading week  
27/02/07 Tuesday, 09.30   No class  
  Thursday, 08.30   Terrestrial Carbon Cycling: A case study from the Arctic II  
  Friday, 10.30   No class  
03/03/07 Overnight field trip   Field visits to a chronosequence of forest successional sites (field, shrubland, and mature forest) on limestone and shield bedrock. Tree biomass and soil sampling.  
04/03/07 Overnight field trip   Field research on the effects of deepened snow and increased atmospheric N deposition on trace gas emissions in a pasture grassland (Stokes field, QUBS).  
06/03/07 Tuesday, 09.30 Victoria Kopf Are fires in boreal forests net contributors to climate change? Amiro et al, 2001
  Thursday, 08.30 Paul Decomposition  
  Friday, 10.30 Paul Lab demonstration: Nutrient pools  
13/03/07 Tuesday, 09.30 Brendan Hurley Could climate change alter microbial community composition, and if so, would ecosystem functioning be significantly affected? Waldrop et al, 2006
  Thursday, 08.30 Paul Plant-Soil interactions  
  Friday, 10.30 Henry Withers How do beavers as ecosytem engineers affect species richness? Wright et al, 2003
20/03/07 Tuesday, 09.30 Johanna Pokorny Do terrestrial ecosystems require catastrophic disturbances to persist? Wardle et al, 2004
  Thursday, 08.30 Paul Trophic dynamics, and Herbivory  
  Friday, 10.30 James Lumsden How will British Columbia's Mountain Pine Beetle Action Plan affect local ecosystems? Safranyik et al, 2004
27/03/07 Tuesday, 09.30 Ryan Zufelt What are the principal controls on forest carbon balance at the regional scale? Chen et al, 2002
  Thursday, 08.30 Paul Global sustainability: What insights can terrestrial ecosystem ecology provide? Chapin et al, 1996
  Friday, 10.30 Lyndsey Cox Are legumes the best method for supplying nitrogen into agroecosystems? Drinkwater et al, 1998
03/04/07 Tuesday, 09.30 Hilary Redkop Is fire a good thing for nitrogen cycling? Reich et al, 2001
  Thursday, 08.30 Darlene Goodwin Plant communities change during succession: Are there associated changes in belowground communities? Keith et al, 2006
  Friday, 10.30 Paul Synthesis  

                                                      

                                                                                            


Created 6th Sept, 2006 by P. Grogan
Last Updated: 6 Nov. 2008