Biodiversity is affected by many factors, both local and global, including climate and climate change, fire regimes, habitat fragmentation, and urbanization. These issues and others will be covered through readings, discussions, and field research. Explores and assesses local biodiversity through field exercises and field trips with emphasis on local flora and fauna identification. Applies field techniques to monitor, compare, and evaluate local communities for biodiversity in both urban and rural settings and their interface. Complements ENVIRON 226, 210, and 217. Instructor: Staff. 1 unit.