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Ecological Effects of Climate Change: Graduate Short Course - University of Maine

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Full Announcement: http://climatechange..._park_maine_usa

This short course is focused on a series of topics designed to illustrate some of the major effects that climate change has on the structure and function of terrestrial, freshwater, and marine ecosystems. Lectures and discussion will be facilitated by several instructors, and will include the following topics:
  • Influence of physical and chemical climate on terrestrial biogeochemistry (Dr. Ivan Fernandez)
  • Sea level rise & loss of tidal marsh habitat (Dr. Joe Kelley)
  • Effects of climate on bird population viability (Dr. Brian Olsen)
  • Lakes as sentinels of climate change (Dr. Jasmine Saros)
  • Effects of El Nino Southern Oscillation on Peruvian ecosystems (Dr. Fei Chai)
  • Climate impacts on fish and whales in the North Atlantic (Dr. Andrew Pershing)
  • Phenological responses and their consequences (Dr. Abe Miller-Rushing)
  • Paleoperspective on climate-driven vegetation changes (Dr. George Jacobson)

Course logistics:

The course will take place during the peak of fall colors in Acadia National Park, Maine, USA. The course fee is $495, which includes double-occupancy lodging, all meals & coffee breaks, and a mid-course field trip in the park. Participants must arrange their own travel to Acadia; plan to arrive Oct 1 and depart Oct 7.

How to apply:
This course is open to graduate students from any institution, as well as professionals in any related field. Application forms and information on a limited number of financial awards are available at http://www.climatechange.umaine.edu/. Space is limited, so apply early.

Application Submission Deadline: August 1, 2011

Six $200 awards are available based on need; financial aid requests will be processed on a rolling basis and awarded no later than June 1, 2011. Tuition credit hours are available at an additional fee. Interested students should contact jasmine.saros@maine.edu for further details, or with any questions about this course.


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