Dr. Joan Slonczewski

Bio 302

BIOL 272 Microbial Ecology

Syllabus 2004

Spring Semester


Microbes are organisms too small to be seen by the naked eye.  Yet microbes define every ecosystem; in fact, Earth's upper atmosphere and subterranean depths contain microbes alone.  Microbes produce and consume all our atmospheric nitrogen, and much of our oxygen and carbon dioxide.  This course surveys the essential ecological roles of microbes in our biosphere, as well as human applications in industry and environmental management.