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NR 642

Introduction to Biogeography


Instructor: Dr. Rebecca Rowe


Biogeography is the study of the present and past distribution of biodiversity. It is inherently

multidisciplinary, integrating data and approaches across many fields within the physical and

natural sciences. In this course, you will learn about the abiotic (geological and climatological)

and biotic (ecological and evolutionary) factors that govern the assembly of species diversity

across space and through time. Understanding these biogeographic principles is central for

studies of biodiversity, global change, and conservation in today’s rapidly changing world. The

course format will consist of lecture, discussion, and computer-based activities