ESF 561: Large-Scale Ecol Pattern & Process
Synonym:63877 (for web registration)
Meeting Schedule:Fridays 9/4 - 12/11 (8:00AM-10:59AM)
Competency Area: Natural Communities
Restricted to ES students who entered SP09 and earlier.
In this course we take an integrated look at landscape and ecosystem approaches to ecology. Through course work and field study we examine the dynamic interplay between humans and their environment ultimately looking at the implications for large-scale conservation planning. Central to these approaches is the role of scale. Spatial scale is important in seeing how processes ranging from climate and hurricanes to land use and human settlement patterns impact landscapes and ecological processes. Time plays a key role with an effective understanding of systems often only emerging after years, decades, or even centuries. We will draw heavily from case studies taken from the surrounding landscapes as well as national and international examples from marine and terrestrial systems. In an era of great ecological and social change a large-scale perspective is crucial to effective decision-making and understanding the implications of environmental change.