Integrative Biology 84, Section 1

Berkeley Natural History (1 unit, P/NP)

Lecturer Alan Shabel
Friday 3:00-4:00, 4110 Valley Life Sciences Building, Class number: 21557

California is a natural history phenomenon, with a complex geology, a diversity of ecosystems, and a rich flora and fauna. In this seminar, you will be introduced to the natural history of Berkeley through a study of the common plants and animals at the wildland-urban interface. We will combine short lectures with local field trips and an examination of museum specimens. We will give special attention to the role of fire in East Bay ecosystems. There will be no exams or homework assignments.

Instructor Bio

Professor Alan Shabel is a specialist on African mammals with a primary focus on otters, but his interests range across organismal biology and ecology, and he is fascinated by the natural history of California.

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