BIO*210*10 Description

Community Ecology of Coastal Maine

This summer course focuses on the biological communities of coastal Maine as represented by the communities within Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island, ME. Students visit and characterize many of the diverse forest and marine communities represented on the island. The course begins with a consideration of the geological, oceanographic and climatic features of coastal Maine. Other topics considered in lecture and through data collection and observation in the field include succession, disturbance, species diversity, vertical and horizontal community structure, physical and biological stresses on communities, bottom-up and top-down regulation of community structure, and competitive and positive interactions among species. Prerequisite(s): BIO 112