Prairie Ecosystems 2009
2009 year page
- Instructors: Justin Borevitz & Traci Viinanen
- Course Code: BIOS 13113
- Lecture Days and Time: Most Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:00am-10:20am Room: BSLC 008 (or outside)
- Office Hours: Borevitz, 10:30-12 Thursdays after class; Traci Viinanen Tuesday 4-5pm
- Field Days and Time: (see Schedule)
- Bring your laptop, we will work in class.
- Prairie: A Natural History by Candace Savage
- at Barnes and Nobel Campus book store
- also 10-20 copies in Chicago Public Library
- Short Readings and References
- Atlas of Biodiversity by Chicago Wilderness (also provided in print)
- Chicago Wilderness magazine Calumet Issue Spring 2009!
- Chicago Wilderness Green Infrastructure Vision
- Chicago Wilderness Biodiversity Recovery Plan
- Plants and Climate Change (Botanical Gardens International)
- City of Chicago Nature and Wildlife Plan (updated)
- A Natural History of the Chicago Region (Joel Greenberg)
- Biomimicry by Janine Benyus
- Your contributions, add links in your Intro page.
How did they re-establish themselves after the last glacial retreat?
Why have so many prairie ecosystems gone to the brink of extinction?
What are the major ecosystems components--plant, animal, and microbe?
What are the ecological processes--adaptation, succession, disturbance, and nutrient cycling?
How are prairie ecosystems being restored and reconstructed?
What can we learn from prairie ecosystems to develop sustainable cities, agriculture, and energy systems?