- Section 1. Decomposition: A Key to LIfe
Why the process of decomposition is important to ecosystem function. Introduction to an ecological toolkit based around decomposition. Introduction to hemlock woolly adelgids at Coweeta.
- Section 2. The Chemistry of Decomposition
Carbon, oxygen, and energy flow. Aerobic and anaerobic decomposition. Litter quality. C:N ratios.
- Section 3. Decomposer Organisms
Palatability and feeding preferences. Succession. Classification systems. Terrestrial vs. aquatic decomposers.
- Section 4. Fossil Fuels, Peat, and Climate Change
Decomposition dynamics in peat bogs, productivity, and the impacts of global warming.