Decomposition Contents

  • 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.