This course provides an overview of pathogens (e.g., fungi) and pests (e.g., insects) that impact Eastern deciduous forests with a focus on local ecosystems. Efforts will be placed on underlying ecological processes of plant-pathogen/pest interactions as well as the biological and cultural control of pathogens/pests. Coupled with lectures, field sessions will enable students to get hands-on experience identifying disease agents, examining symptoms, and learning appropriate control procedures from local experts who work to maintain forest biodiversity and ecosystem function. Prerequisite: BIO 1160: General Biology