Terrestrial Ecosystems Analysis Course

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Frances A. Crane Wildlife Management Area. Credit: A. Maksym

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2016 SES students collect soil samples at the Crane Wildlife Management Area in early October. Credit: A. Maksym

 

Terrestrial Ecosystems Analysis Course Overview
The core course lectures cover both aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems from the point of view of biogeochemistry and important ecological processes. In the field and laboratory we will start out in the first eight weeks of the core courses with an intensive study focused mainly on local ecosystems.

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Preparing the surface for soil respiration studies. Credit: A. Maksym

 

 

Terrestrial Fieldwork Sites
Terrestrial fieldwork is conducted in grassland, forest and suburban habitats in the Crane Wildlife Management Area in Mashpee and other sites in Falmouth. The sites are chosen to represent a disturbance chronosequence and allow comparison of ecosystems processes, such as primary production and nitrogen mineralization, and properties such as standing stock, plant diversity and soil carbon and nitrogen content across the disturbance gradient.