ESF 530: Landscape Ecology

2010-08-06 -

Meetings Dates/Times Changed.

Synonym:

71217 (for web registration)

Section:

A

Faculty:

Charles Curtin

Credits:

3

Seats:

16

Semester:

Fall 2010

Meeting Schedule:

Fri 9/10 (1:00PM-4:59PM)
Fri 9/17 (1:00PM-4:59PM)
Fri 10/1 (1:00PM-4:59PM)
Fri 11/5 (1:00PM-4:59PM)
Fridays 12/3 - 12/10 (1:00PM-4:59PM)
Sat 9/18 (8:30AM-4:29PM)
Sat 12/11 (8:30AM-4:29PM)

Description:

Competency Area Spring 2010 and earlier: Natural Communities
Competency Area Fall 2010: Methods or elective

This course takes an integrated look at landscape and ecosystem approaches to ecology. Through course work, seminar-style discussions, and field study we will examine the dynamic interplay between culture, ecology, and economy. Central to these approaches is the role of scale. Spatial scale is important in determining how processes ranging from climate to landscape change impact land use and settlement pattens and how land use patterns, in turn, impact landscape form and function. Time plays a key role with effective understanding of ecosystems only emerging after years, decades, or even centuries. We will draw heavily from examples from surrounding landscapes as well as national and international examples from marine and terrestrial environments. In an era of great ecological and social change, a large-scale perspective is crucial for developing effective decision making and understanding the implications for environmental change.