Local Land-use History and Landscape Ecology (BIO4113.01)

Kerry Woods

Landscape ecology works across multiple scales in space and time to understand the drivers of ecosystem function and pattern in broad context. Can diversity and productivity of particular pieces of the landscape be better predicted given knowledge of spatial and historical context? How do parts of the landscape interact as sources and sinks in population dynamics of plants and animals? How do present ecological patterns reflect past land-use and environments? How should landscape interactions inform conservation management? The local landscape is ecologically diverse and complex in the history of human occupation; this course will revolve around group research projects taking advantage of this landscape-laboratory and building on data-sets developed in previous courses and projects. It will involve both historical research and intensive group and independent field-work.

Prerequisites: Previous coursework in natural sciences involving lab or fieldwork, and permission of instructor. Students should be comfortable with basic quantitative skills and tools.
Credits: 4
M 2:10pm-6:00pm
Maximum Enrollment: 12
Course Frequency:
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