Chaparral of Southern California

Chaparral of Southern California

Course Number: BPSC X426

1 units

Chaparral defines one of Southern California's most extensive and characteristic native landscapes. Shaped by climate, geology and fire, this sclerophyllous-shrub-dominated habitat ranges from near sea level to 800 ft. elevation, forming several distinct communities found in coastal, inland valley, foothill, mountain and desert environments. This course surveys the ecology and natural history of Southern California's native chaparral, including its distribution, classification, habitat requirements and life cycle strategies. On the field trip, participants visit several representative community types and learn basic field identification techniques and to differentiate closely related species within and across habitat types. In addition, the course explores how climate, geology and fire have influenced chaparral evolution, and how communities are affected by modern environmental stresses associated with urban sprawl, air pollution, invasive species and global warming.


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