CLASS 
   SCHEDULE
 
READINGS ASSIGNMENTS
08/29
Overview of the class
Overview of Earth
Introduction to Ecology
What are the tropics?
Syllabus

 

Intro questions
Volcano questions
Assignment #1
09/05
Volcanoes . Earthquake questions
Assignment #2
09/12
Earthquakes
Introduction to island ecology; abiotic factors
Beletsky, 8-12
Carlquist, Ch. 2
U. Hawai'i, 27
Plate tectonics questions
Assignment #3
09/19
Plate tectonics
Ecosystems of Hawai’i
Diversity, endemism, and rarity
Beletsky, 21-26
U. Hawai'i
Assignment #4
09/26
Dispersal to islands
Succession
Carlquist, Ch. 3
U. Hawai'i, 8, 21, 22, 23
Assignment #5
10/03
Weathering, erosion, and soil
Development of insular biotas; extinction
10/10
Mass movement and mass wasting
Evolution on islands
10/17
Underground water;  streams and their work
10/24
Coastal zones and processes
Introduction to rainforests and reefs
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10/31
Rain forests
11/07
Reefs
11/14
Survey of the geology of the Hawai'ian Islands
Terrestrial ecosystems of Hawai’i
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11/28 Human prehistory of the islands
12/05 Human impact on Hawai'ian ecology
12/12  Final Exam 
6:30 p.m., Hoyt 152
References:

Beletsky, Les.  Hawaii:  The Ecotravellers' Wildlife Guide.  Academic Press.  2000.  ISBN: 0-12-084813-0

Carlquist, Sherwin.  Hawaii:  A Natural History.  Pcific Tropical Botanical Garden, Lawai, Kauai, Hawaii.  1980.