Content & Agenda
Although cloud forests will serve as a unifying theme, topics will include material related to the physical and biological sciences, as well as geography and conservation.
The course will focus around several main questions:
1. What climatic and geographic conditions produce the “clouds” in cloud forests?
2. Where in the world do we find cloud forests?
3. How are cloud forests in different places similar to and different from one another?
4. How are cloud forests different from other kinds of tropical forests, such as lowland rainforests and dry forests?
5. What are ecosystem services, and why are cloud forests so important to local people?
6. What are the major conservation threats to cloud forests and what are people doing about these?
Following three weeks using cloud forests as a vehicle for learning about general ecological and evolutionary principles, in the last week we will explore the global context of environmental change by examing the relationships between energy, economics, population and environment.
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The format is “asyncronous” meaning you need not view a presentation at a set hour, but we do recommend viewing a presentation within a couple days of its availability so that you can follow on-line discussion. Monday of each week will begin with a presentation by Dr. Jason Bradford. This will be followed by on-line discussion beginning on Tuesday. Guest presenters from the Andes Biodiversity Consortium will also participate.