TEAL Faculty Classes

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NRE 744/844; EOS 844
Biogeochemistry (Formerly EOS 813; Biogeochemical Dynamics)
Instructors: Scott Ollinger and Steve Frolking (offered every other year)

Examines the influence of biological and physical processes on elemental cycling and geochemical transformations from the molecular to the global scale, involving microorganisms, higher plants and animals and whole ecosystems; factors that regulate element cycles including soils, climate, disturbance and human activities; interactions among the biosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere, and atmosphere; transformations of C, N, S, and trace elements. Prereq: one semester each biology and chemistry.

NRE 730/830
Terrestrial Ecosystems
Instructor: Scott Ollinger

Processes controlling the energy, water, and nutrient dynamics of terrestrial ecosystems; concepts of study at the ecosystem level, controls on primary production, transpiration, decomposition, herbivory; links to earth-system science, acid deposition, agriculture. Prereq: NR 527and PBIO 412 or BIOL 411, or permission.

NR 729

Instructors: Heidi Asbjornsen

The science and art of establishing, growing, and tending forests to meet multiple objectives. Basics of forest stand dynamics applied to the problems of timber management, wildlife habitat, water quality, and carbon sequestration. Prereq: NR 425 and NR 527 or permission. Special fee.

NR Tropical Ecology
Tropical Ecology

Instructors: Heidi Asbjornsen


ESCI 764/864; EOS 864
Data Analysis for Earth System Science
Instructors: Richard Lammers, Mary Martin, and Cameron Wake

Analytical and numerical methods used to understand geospatial and time series data sets encountered in Earth system science research. Students develop skills in data analysis, primarily through writing and modifying their own computer programs, focused on particular aspects of real data sets. Understanding various data types, formats, and projections, and how to handle them, are also covered. Prereq: one year calculus, one year chemistry, basic statistics, or permission.

EOS 895/ESCI 895
Advanced Remote Sensing Methods for Earth System Research
Instructors: Mark Fahnestock, Mary Martin, Michael Palace and Jingfeng Xiao (offered every other year)

This course focuses on learning analytical methods for using regional-to-global scale remote sensing data to study the Earth System. The tools and techniques of remote sensing will be discussed with the aim of developing the skills required for future research on a variety of topics - such as the structure and function of the terrestrial biosphere, the cryosphere, and aquatic systems. Emphasis will be on developing a physically based understanding of global remote sensing data (e.g. from NASA's Earth Observing Systems, ESA platforms, aircraft platforms if appropriate), and on gaining experience using these data together with models and other observations to form and test hypotheses about Earth system processes. To be offered every other year.

Advanced Remote Sensing II
Instructors:Mark Fahnestock, Mary Martin, Michael Palace and JingfengXiao

This is 1-semester group project course will focus on doing original research. The class participants will work together as a team, with the instructors, to design and carry out a remote sensing related project. The ultimate objective will be to write a manuscript for submission to a peer- reviewed journal. The class format will be weekly group discussions with meeting times to be determined by the participants. Prerequisites: EOS/ESCI 895, or permission of instructors.

NRE 502
Forest Ecosystems and Environmental Change
Instructors: Scott Ollinger (2003-2010), Barry Rock (2011-present)

Introductory course in forest ecosystem ecology. Students learn about forest ecosystems around the world, how they function and how they are changing. The course is broadly divided into two principal themes; (1) ecological and ecosystem processes, including succession, element cycling and forest-atmosphere interactions, and (2) effects of human activities including air pollution, climate change and deforestation.