Welcome to the Biol 510 webpage for 2008



Resources
Seminar guidelines
Selected reading: A Short History of Progress

This ecology course will examine a range of different global change issues including land-use change, climate change, atmospheric nitrogen deposition and environmental pollution. The aim of the course is to develop students’ understanding of the biogeochemical aspects of global change issues. Introductory lectures will provide an overview of this rapidly developing science, and will highlight the controls and interactions between the biogeochemical cycles of carbon and major nutrients in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. Subsequently, students will lead informal discussions on a global change issue of particular interest to them. This course is mainly for final year undergraduates and is specifically aimed at enhancing their capacities for critical thinking, group discussion, and independent learning. By the end of the course, students should be able to apply fundamental biogeochemical perspectives toward understanding the Earth’s ecosystems and how they are being affected by human activities.


Paul Grogan
E-mail: groganp'at'queensu.ca
Office: Room 2508. Tel. (613) 533 6152. Fax: (613) 533 6617
Lab: Rooms 2605, 2606. Tel. (613) 533 6000 ext. 78101
Lab web page: Terrestrial Ecosystem Ecology lab page

 

 

This course is scheduled to run again in winter 2011. The text below refers to the winter 2008 course and is maintained here to inform prospective students of the basic content and organisation of the course.

Seminar times: Wednesdays 10.00; Fridays 08.30
Location: Room 3110, Biosciences building


Mailing address:
Biosciences Building,
Queen’s University,
Kingston, Ontario,
Canada K7L 3N6

Links:
Queen’s Biology Department: http://www.queensu.ca/biology/
Queen’s main page: http://www.queensu.ca/

Calendar:
Sessions are 1.5 hours

Assessment:
35% Group project participation
35% Quality of seminar presentation and leadership in the discussion
15% Participation in discussion
15% Prepared seminar questions

 

 

Week beginning Day and time Convenor Topic Reading
7th January Friday 08.30
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Introduction  
14th Jan. Wednesday 10.00
Paul Grogan
Field trip  
  Friday 08.30
Paul Grogan
Group project  
21st Jan. Wednesday 10.00
Paul Grogan
Group project  
  Friday 08.30
Paul Grogan
Group project  
28th Jan. Wednesday 10.00
Paul Grogan
Group project  
  Friday 08.30
Paul Grogan
Group project  
4th Feb. Wednesday 10.00
Paul Grogan
Group project  
  Friday 08.30   Economics group seminar  
11th Feb. Wednesday 10.00   Environment group seminar  
  Friday 08.30   Social group seminar  
18th Feb. Wednesday 10.00   Reading week  
  Friday 08.30   Reading week  
25th Feb. Wednesday 10.00   No class  
  Friday 08.30 Dave Barto Global change effects on the Boreal Forest Jones et al, 2005. See WebCT
3rd March Wednesday 10.00 Sarah Park Effects of climate change on water quality in temperate lakes Komatsu et al, 2007. See WebCT
  Friday 08.30 Julia Cziraky Effects of increasing atmospheric CO2 on C3 and C4 crop plants Zhu et al, 2008. See WebCT
10th March Wednesday 10.00 Justin Hack Cllimate change effects on tundra Mack et al, 2004. See WebCT
  Friday 08.30 Richard Nesbitt Heavy metal contamination in the Arctic: Dispersal and Implications Lindeberg et al, 2007. See WebCT
17th March Wednesday 10.00 John Xu Relationships between the water cycle and human activites Vorosmarty et al, 2000. See WebCT
  Friday 08.30   Holiday - Good Friday  
24th March Wednesday 10.00 Niki Willie Agricultural nitrogen run-off: The issue and potential solutions Poe et al, 2003. See WebCT
  Friday 08.30 Sarah Langford Ocean acidification: Impacts on marine biodiversity Mayor et al, 2007. See WebCT
31st March Wednesday 10.00 Shauna Geerts Drivers of Extinction: Past and Present Sala et al, 2000. See WebCT
  Friday 08.30
Paul Grogan
Summary discussion A Short History of Progress, Wright R. 2004. See notes on weblink above
         

 

 


Created 20 August 2003 by P. Grogan
Last Updated: 31 March 2008