The disciplines of ecology and evolution are integrally connected in the study of biological diversity. Both are essential to intelligent management and conservation of natural systems. We will explore current understanding of the evolutionary origins of biodiversity, the ecological processes that regulate and structure it, and how ecological principles may be applied in addressing challenges of environmental management. The diverse landscape of the Bennington area will serve as a field laboratory and opportunity to learn how to use direct observation of natural history to formulate and address scientific questions.
Corequisite: Biological Diversity: Ecology and Evolution Lab.