BIOL 2903 V - Natural History and Ecology of Ontario

Introduction to the remarkable diversity and ecological relationships of Ontario's flora and fauna, which are explored in a habitat context.
Precludes additional credit for BIOL 1903 (no longer offered).
Prerequisite(s): BIOL 1004 or BIOL 1104 or BIOL 1902.

In this course, the five major Biogeographic or Ecological Forest Regions (Tundra, Hudson Bay Lowland, Boreal Forest, Great Lakes – St. Lawrence, and Carolinian Forest Regions) are explored. Within these forest regions we look at how current climatic and geographic conditions affect the structure and distribution of habitats (i.e., tall grass prairie and peatland), and look at the representative or Indicator plants and animals of each region and examine their interactions with other organisms and their local environment. We also explore the role of major forces, both natural (i.e., fire and glaciation), and human-related (such as logging), in influencing this province’s biodiversity.

CRN for section V: 10425

CRN for section VOD (optional Video On Demand service): 10426

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Instructor: Michael Runtz

Michael Runtz

About the instructor: Ever since I was five years old, nature has captivated me. I started off looking at birds, but as a teenager working in Algonquin Provincial Park and later in Point Pelee National Park as an interpretive naturalist, I developed an interest in plants, insects and everything else that swims, crawls, flies or grows! Learning about the natural history of all living things has consumed my life, and documenting it with photography has also become a passion. Over the years I have published 10 books on natural history topics, including Dam Builders: The Natural History of Beavers and Their Ponds. Another book, Natural History, is the textbook for the course bearing that name.

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