This course is two-week experience for undergraduates at Washington College. It focuses on the biological communities of coastal Maine, as represented by the communities within Acadia National Park.
The course begins with a consideration of the geological, oceanographic and climatic features of coastal Maine that have led to the wide diversity of communities found in the region. The students will visit and characterize many of the diverse terrestrial and marine communities represented on the island.
Topics considered in lecture and through data collection in the field will include succession, disturbance, species diversity, vertical and horizontal community structure, physical and biological stresses on communities, bottom-up and top-down regulation of community structure, and competitive and positive interactions between species.
Students and faculty are assigned on-campus housing.