Importance of this Unit to the Course
Changes in climate as discussed in Block 2 have different effects on different components of ecosystems: some species thrive while others find conditions less favorable. Some species will be lost. This unit addresses issues of whether these changes in biodiversity are critical to sustainable development as discussed in this Block.
Preparation for Discussion (You must complete this section before class.)
Discussion (online /
face-to-face) (See your portfolio for due dates and times)
A major component of the course is participation in the online dialog. The following types of comments are required:
Non-native (or "invasive" species) tend to reduce biodiversity. What are some invasive species in the Midwest and how have they impacted biodiversity?