Learn about the ecology of the Southern Appalachian Mountains, particularly as it relates to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, through discussions and field trips. Topics will include geological history, plant community distribution, how aspect, elevation, and moisture gradients affect distribution, and an overview of plant communities with a focus on the major forest types. Field trips will include visits to examples of many of these forest types.
Goal: To provide students with a basic knowledge of plant communities and the factors that affect their distribution.
Cost includes instruction, food and lodging in our dorm inside Great Smoky Mountains National Park.