Department of Biology

Susan Schwinning


Plant Ecology

Phone: 512-245-3753

Fax: 512-245-8713

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Ph.D. Ecology, 1994 Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona, Tucson.
M.S. Plant Physiology, 1986, Division of Biological Sciences, University of California, Davis.
Diplom Biology, 1984,Department of Biology, University of Gottingen, Germany.
General Ecology (BIO 4416). This 4-unit course is taught every semster with a lecture and lab section. The course covers fundamental concepts of ecology with examples drawn from contemporary ecological research. Topics span from population ecology, species intercations, behavioral, community and ecosystems ecology to global change ecology.
Introduction to Ecological Modelling (BIO 7468).This 4-unit graduate course is taught in the fall semester of odd-numbered years. Students develop a foundation in ecological modeling that enables them to critically read modeling papers and develop their own modeling projects. Students will attain a working knowledge of the C/C++ programming language, learn the fundamentals of dynamical systems, and explore some classic and contemporary ecological models in the primary literature.
Plant Water Relations (BIO 7455). This 4-unit graduate course is taught in the spring semster of even-numbered years. It covers the fundamentals of plant water relations from  the scale of cells to whole ecosystems. Students obtain hands-on experience in plant ecophysiological methods including the measurement of plant and soil water potentials, leaf gas exchange and stable isotope analysis of water samples. Meetings alternate between lectures, practicals and discussion of assigned readings from the primary literature.