Sustainability Region: Notes:

Experimental Class: Liberal arts come together to expand environmental science.

Forest:
Introduced Species (-)
Variation of under-story
Density Variation
Gaps
Cleaner Water

Urban:
Patchwork
More disturbance
asphalt
Introduced Species (+)
Warmer – Night
Land Use change
less biodiversity
Pollutants (+) of some types

What are the justifications?
Study or impact on local systems. Climate. Biome pretty new.

Adding the human element adds complexity to mapping. (however oversimplifying could create issues as well)

**interesting that campus would be a large continuous Bio Space.**

How do we describe humans as a biologist:
Bipedal
Highly Social
Long Lived
1-6 young
clear vegetation
build out of wood, stone, concrete, glass,
cultivate
redistribute water
air pollutants
organic waste

*Brief review of GIS Projects**

**Interesting idea about the run being a flood plain.**

~Garlic Mustard Project~
What do invasive plants do to the ecosystems they invade?
Take resources
Influence the resources available
Change nutrient cycles
change ecosystem fire regimes
Change the soil microbes.

Garlic Mustard interactions with Native Plants:
Suppress spring ephemeral
may influence nutrient cycling through effects

Allelopathy: Cyanide in its tissues

High Spring photosynthetic Rates?

Urbanization:
high disturbance
high resources
human vectors
urban heat island may promote plant growth

Urban sites should be good environment for invasive.

6 sites: to study.

**Climate change in a microcosm.**

GIS:
More idea of Urban and Rural (very complicated). Data from GIS, with high temperatures (like heat islands)

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