Skip to main content

Patagonian Ecology and Biogeography

Introduction to the ecology and biogeography of Patagonia, including montane, steppe and coastal ecosystems. The course is linked to BE 390 Ecology and Biogeography of Patagonia, and students must enroll in both courses. (Not offered 2021-22).

Prerequisite: Junior or Senior standing. Organismal Biology and Ecology 208 and enrollment in Organismal Biology and Ecology 390.

.5 unit

Featured Offering

Patagonian Ecology and Biogeography explores the ecosystem of Patagonia, including the climate, how plant and animal species arrived in this unusual place, Patagonia and their biogeographic relationships, and the factors that account for the incredible abundance of sea life off the Patagonian coast.
Photo of a group of hikers walking single-file on a beach
This on-campus half block prepares students for the linked block 5 course in Patagonia, where we discuss primary literature done at the sites we visit, talk with researchers who did the research, and propose the next investigations that will advance our knowledge about these ecosystems. During the half block, students learn about the climate of Patagonia, how plant and animal species arrived in this unusual place, Patagonia and their biogeographic relationships, and the factors that account for the incredible abundance of sea life off the Patagonian coast. Students also read and discuss numerous scientific papers and prepare to lead discussions on several topics in Patagonia.
Report an issue - Last updated: 10/19/2021