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Forest Biology Research Center

Forest Biology Course

Introduction to Forest Biology- PLS 230 CRN 73732
Fall 2015
Lead Instructors: David Neale
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Time and Locations:
Lecture: 10:30 AM to 11:50 AM, Tuesday and Thursday, in Wellman Hall 00123
Seminar: 4:10 PM to 5:00 PM in Plant and Environmental Sciences Building 03001

Course Description:
Forest Biology is a cross-disciplinary topic that borrows from many of the core biological sciences. To be a forest biologist requires a familiarity with topics ranging from population genetics to ecosystem science. Our intent is to cover a broad range of forest biology topics, covering fundamentals of forest biology, but also critically examining what should be covered in a graduate forest biology course. We are seeking to engage interested students and faculty to come together to think about 21st century forest biology to create a core graduate curriculum that can be taught by 2-4 faculty, with occasional guest lectures to cover the essentials of forest biology.

Calendar for PLS 230:
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Lecture Schedule:

Thursday, September 24, 2015Intro & review key physiological backgroundMaciej Zwieniecki
Tuesday, September 29, 2015Freezing injury and resistance in treesMaciej Zwieniecki
Thursday, October 1, 2015Physical & biological limits to tree heightMaciej Zwieniecki
Tuesday, October 6, 2015Causes of tree mortality by droughtMaciej Zwieniecki
Thursday, October 8, 2015Molecular Transmission and Population GeneticsDavid Neale
Tuesday, October 13, 2015Landscape GenomicsDavid Neale
Thursday, October 15, 2015Quantitative Genetics and GenomicsDavid Neale
Tuesday, October 20, 2015Tree BreedingDavid Neale
Pathology / Entomology
Thursday, October 22, 2015Intro to Forest Pathology and EntomologySteven Seybold
Tuesday, October 27, 2015Forest DiseasesSteven Seybold
Thursday, October 29, 2015Forest InsectsSteven Seybold
Tuesday, November 3, 2015Interactions / Forest Diseases and InsectsSteven Seybold
Thursday, November 5, 2015Community Ecology / SuccessionMark Schwartz
Tuesday, November 10, 2015Fire Ecology / DisturbanceMark Schwartz
Thursday, November 12, 2015Forest BiogeographyMark Schwartz
Tuesday, November 17, 2015Ecosystem EcologyMark Schwartz
Thursday, November 19, 2015Principles and ConceptsMalcolm North
Thursday, November 24, 2015Stand DynamicsMalcolm North
Tuesday, December 1, 2015Forest ManagementMalcolm North
Thursday, December 3, 2015"New Forestry"Malcolm North