MBIO 3800 Island Biogeography

(B) Bachelors
(OS) Halmos Coll of Nat Sci & Ocn
(OMES) OS - Marine & Environ Sciences
0 credits

Island biogeography is the study of the distribution and dynamics of species in island environments. Due to their isolation from more widespread continental species, islands are ideal places for unique species to evolve, but they are also places of concentrated extinction. There is little understanding of island geology, geography, climate, or the impact of colonization by plants, animals and humans. Natural and anthropogenic disturbances are common to island groups, all of which face extinctions of endemic flora and fauna, growing populations of invasive species, and increasing human resident and tourist populations. This course will examine the natural and human history of several island groups from early geologic development to plant and animal adaptation to anthropogenic influences on extinction and sustainable growth.Prerequisites: MBIO 2410 or MBIO 2500 or BIOL 3200. Frequency: Winter, even years. (Description Last Updated: Fall 2016 (201720))

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the dynamics of island ecology and assembly.
  2. Explain the mechanisms responsible for endemism and alien species introduction and connection.
  3. Describe how non-indigenous species can lead to changes in biological diversity.
  4. Describe the various ecosystems and habitats of the ecosphere involved.
  5. Understand the evolution of an island ecosystem, both geologically and biologically.
  6. Demonstrate a familiarity with current management problems and possible solutions.
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