7.30J Ecology I: The Earth System
Fundamentals of ecology, considering Earth as an integrated dynamic living system. Coevolution of the biosphere, geosphere, atmosphere and oceans. Introduction to biological energy transfer and thermodynamics. The Earth's energy budget. Photosynthesis and respiration. The hydrologic, carbon, phosphorus, and nitrogen cycles. Flow of energy and materials through ecosystems, regulation of the distribution and abundance of organisms, structure and function of ecosystems. Metabolic diversity; productivity. Trophic dynamics; models of population growth, competition, mutualism and predation. Instruction and practice in oral and written communication provided. 7.012-7.014 recommended.
This class has no prerequisites.
This class counts for a total of 12 credits.
You can find more information at the MIT Department of Biology: 7.30J/1.018J Ecology I: The Earth System site.
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