Geography 323: Biogeography
Lecture: Tue & Thu 8:30-9:50 302 Gerlinger
Weekly lab sections: Tue 12:00 and 1:00, Thur 12:00 and 1:00. Many will be held outdoors on campus.
Dan Gavin (email@example.com)
GTF: Erin Herring (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Course Overview: The spatial patterns of species distributions are widely recognized, but few appreciate the complex causes of these patterns. Biogeography is the study of the spatial patterns of biological diversity, and its causes, both in the present and in the past. Biogeographers synthesize information from a very broad range of fields, including ecology, evolution, paleontology, and climatology. This course will provide the ecological and historical foundations for understanding the distribution and abundance of species, and the changes in distribution and abundance over time. We will also explore the relevance of biogeography during a time of increasing human impact and climate change.
Prerequisite: GEOG 141 or GEOL 103 or GEOL 203 or BI 370.
course is divided into two sections,
each followed by an exam. First, we study basic ecological
concepts and two biogeographic processes: dispersal
and extinction, and how they all relate to patterns of species over
space. Second, we briefly study speciation and study how biodiversity changes
time: over the relatively recent ice ages and longer evolutionary time
scales. We delve further into historical biogeography
and study why continents and islands have unique assemblages of
species, and the effects of mega-extinctions and biotic interchanges
Goals of the course:
Outline of topics to be covered (roughly one topic per week):
A detailed syllabus is found here:
of Geography, University of Oregon