Acerca de este Curso
This course surveys the diversity, structure and functioning of California’s ecosystems through time and the ways they have influenced and responded to human activities and stewardship. Topics include ecosystem drivers such as climate, soils, and land use history; human and ecological prehistory of the state; comparative marine, freshwater, and terrestrial ecosystem dynamics; and managed ecosystems such as range, fisheries and agriculture in California. The course also emphasizes important skills to understand as a scientist or consumer of scientific information, including data collection, natural history, and writing.
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Curso 100 % en línea

Comienza de inmediato y aprende a tu propio ritmo.
Beginner Level

Nivel principiante

Clock

Aprox. 17 horas para completar

Sugerido: 4 hours/week
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English

Subtítulos: English
Globe

Curso 100 % en línea

Comienza de inmediato y aprende a tu propio ritmo.
Beginner Level

Nivel principiante

Clock

Aprox. 17 horas para completar

Sugerido: 4 hours/week
Comment Dots

English

Subtítulos: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

1

Section
Clock
3 hours to complete

Drivers of Statewide Patterns

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Reading
9 videos (Total 149 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video9 videos
Biodiversity16m
Geomorphology and Soils24m
Climate Transect12m
California's Climate23m
Population and Land Use22m
Forestry22m
Agriculture12m
Urban11m
Reading1 readings
Syllabus10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Statewide Patterns20m

2

Section
Clock
2 hours to complete

Marine Systems

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Reading
9 videos (Total 98 min), 1 quiz
Video9 videos
Younger Lagoon Dunes12m
Beaches8m
Animal Tracking9m
Estuaries12m
Oceanography16m
Intertidal11m
Kelp Forests6m
Offshore14m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Marine Systems14m

3

Section
Clock
2 hours to complete

Mountains, Lakes, & Deserts

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Reading
9 videos (Total 93 min), 1 quiz
Video9 videos
Fire21m
Subalpine13m
Strip Bark1m
Alpine8m
Lundy Lake6m
Lake Tahoe6m
Mono Lake9m
Deserts14m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Mountains, Lakes, & Deserts20m

4

Section
Clock
2 hours to complete

Lowland Systems

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Reading
8 videos (Total 111 min), 1 quiz
Video8 videos
Grasslands11m
Jasper Ridge Chaparral5m
Fort Ord Chaparral30m
Coastal Sage6m
Oak Woodlands14m
Range19m
Northcoast Forests11m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Lowland Systems20m

5

Section
Clock
3 hours to complete

Conclusion

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Reading
1 video (Total 1 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
Video1 videos
Reading1 readings
Using a dichotomous key10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Final Exam50m
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Top Reviews

By JSApr 2nd 2018

This shows California outdoors from top to bottom. Really good info on all the plants, animals and outdoor environments. Especially enjoyed week 3 on lakes and deserts

By JQOct 18th 2017

INTERESTING AND ENJOYABLE COURSE. TIMELY, TOO, AS I PLAN ON DOING THE PACIFIC COAST TRAIL THIS SPRING. THANKS SO MUCH!

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