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BE389 – Patagonian Ecology and Biogeography

Patagonian Ecology and Biogeography explores the ecosystem of Patagonia, including the climate, how plant and animal species arrived in this unusual place, Patagonia and their biogeographic relationships, and the factors that account for the incredible abundance of sea life off the Patagonian coast.

Instructor(s)

Professor Jim Ebersole email

This on-campus half block prepares students for the linked block 5 course in Patagonia, where we discuss primary literature done at the sites we visit, talk with researchers who did the research, and propose the next investigations that will advance our knowledge about these ecosystems. During the half block, students learn about the climate of Patagonia, how plant and animal species arrived in this unusual place, Patagonia and their biogeographic relationships, and the factors that account for the incredible abundance of sea life off the Patagonian coast. Students also read and discuss numerous scientific papers and prepare to lead discussions on several topics in Patagonia.

Prerequisite: Junior or Senior standing. BE 208 and enrollment in BE 390