Integrative Biology 159 The Living Planet: Impact of the Biosphere on the Earth System

Description: Earth is a complex dynamic system. Interplay between its components (solid earth, oceans, and atmosphere) governs conditions on the planet's outside that we and other biota inhabit. In turn, life asserts a vast influence on the abiotic components; in fact, the biosphere itself is a crucial system component. We will explore the effect that 3.5 billion years of evolving biosphere had on System Earth and vice versa (e.g., in terms of climate), including the recent human impact on the system.
Prerequisites: Biology 1B or consent of instructor.
Credit Restriction: Students will receive two units of credit after taking Earth and Planetary Science 8, Earth and Planetary Science C141/Geography C141, or Geography 40.
Expected Enrollment: 30