Introduction to Biogeography of the Global Garden

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Biogeography uses ideas from biology, geography and history to explain the panorama of life on Earth. This course provides students with a broad introduction to important concepts and issues in ecology and environmental science. Over the semester, we’ll investigate how weather and climate affects the distribution of species, how individuals interact with their own species and others, and discuss why species expand or go extinct. Within this framework, we’ll also examine the many ways humans, either as individuals or in groups, act as agents of biotic change.

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Introduction to Biogeography of the Global Garden

  1. 1. GEOG1403 BIOGEOGRAPHY OF THE GLOBAL GARDEN
  2. 2. June 11, 2007Humanity made history.
  3. 3. Photograph: Andrew Munsch
  4. 4. rural urbanpopulation population
  5. 5. Photograph: zman z28
  6. 6. nature can seem distant and alien
  7. 7. Photograph: C.C. Chapman
  8. 8. Photograph: anotherpioneer
  9. 9. Photograph: Judy Baxter
  10. 10. DOES NATURE REALLYMATTER ANY MORE?
  11. 11. ABSOLUTELY IT DOES
  12. 12. A wildfire burns near the Los Alamos Laboratory in Los Alamos, New Mexico, on June 28, 2011.Jae C. Hong/Associated Press
  13. 13. The carcass of a cow decomposes on the side of a road near Lagbogal, Kenya.Sayyid Azim/Associated Press
  14. 14. The Quad Cities River Bandits and the Peoria Chiefs play a game inside the Mississippi River on April 20, 2011.Paul Colle i/The Dispatch/AP
  15. 15. WHAT ISNATURE WORTH?
  16. 16. GEOG1403 BIOGEOGRAPHY OF THE GLOBAL GARDEN
  17. 17. This course is NOT about environmental activism.Photograph: paolaharvey
  18. 18. This courseIS aboutenvironmentalSCIENCE.
  19. 19. OUR ENVIRONMENT
  20. 20. OUR ENVIRONMENT living thingsThe MAIN focus of our course.
  21. 21. THE BIOSPHEREthe global ecological system including all living things,as well as their relationships with the elements ofthe lithosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere.
  22. 22. We’ll start with the fundamentals of our physical environment
  23. 23. How do species interact with their environment?Photograph: Frank Kovalchek
  24. 24. Why do some organisms thrive...Photograph: Ki en Wants
  25. 25. ...while others disappear?
  26. 26. “ Biogeography is the study of the facts and the patterns of species distribution. Its the science concerned with where animals are, where plants are, and where they are not. ” David Quammen, Song of the Dodo
  27. 27. Provided by the SeaWiFS Project, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center and ORBIMAGE
  28. 28. Photograph: Kitsu
  29. 29. 3MINUTES
  30. 30. STEP ONETurn to the person on your left and introduce yourself. (If you don’t have anyone on your left, join the two folks to your right).
  31. 31. STEP TWOIdentify TWO ways the environment has an influence on your life. (Be as specific as you can)
  32. 32. WHAT ISNATURE WORTH? TOYOU
  33. 33. Who am I?
  34. 34. DR.SCOTTST. GEORGEASSISTANT PROFESSORDEPARTMENT OF GEOGRAPHY
  35. 35. Please call me Scott
  36. 36. history
  37. 37. environmental history
  38. 38. Collecting specimens to study tree growth in southern Arizona
  39. 39. Taken during my first trip in a helicopter, flying over the northern Rockies.
  40. 40. X Photograph: Arlen Tees
  41. 41. X
  42. 42. X
  43. 43. Where am I from?
  44. 44. Winnipeg Minneapolis
  45. 45. Winnipeg Jets Hockey Club
  46. 46. What are myqualifications?
  47. 47. Bachelor of Science Master of Science Doctor of PhilosophyUniversity of Winnipeg University of Western Ontario University of Arizona
  48. 48. h p://umn.edu/~stgeorge
  49. 49. www.twi er.com/sco stgeorge
  50. 50. What will youget out of this class?
  51. 51. Former GEOG1403 students studying how natural hazards affect Minnesota’s forests.
  52. 52. ! Biological Sciences requirement! Environmental Theme requirement
  53. 53. We’re in charge.
  54. 54. GEOG1403 XT C L AS SNE We’ll talk about how this course is going to work.
  55. 55. By FRIDAY’S CLASSREAD THE SYLLABUS
  56. 56. IF YOU WANT TO BE ADDED TO THEWAITING LIST Send an email to Ms. Bonnie Williams Department of Geography willi046@umn.edu

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