09/14/2009 - 12/18/2009
To be announced -
Scientists have been interested in understanding the mechanisms that underscore species distribution patterns across landscapes since the days of Darwin and Wallace. Landscape ecology examines the relationship between spatial pattern and ecological processes across hierarchical levels of biological organization and different scales in space and time. This course covers the basic concepts, principles, and methods of landscape ecology, as well as its important applications in nature conservation, resource management, and landscape planning and design.
The topics covered will reflect the diverse interests of landscape ecologists: species-area relationships, island biogeography, metapopulation theory, individual-based models, cellular automata, models of biodiversity, among others. The application of these concepts will be addressed through consideration of species viability, ecosystem management, and the design of nature reserves. Throughout the course the emphasis will be on when and how to integrate a large-scale perspective into consideration of major ecological questions. Readings from the primary literature will augment material covered in lectures. Students will also complete a project resulting in a manuscript on a landscape-related topic.
The texts for this course will be Landscape Ecology in Theory and Practice, M. Turner, R. Gardner, & R. O'Neill; and Learning Landscape Ecology, S. Gergel & M. Turner, eds.
Required course work will include assigned readings, lab exercises, writing assignments, and a mid-term and final exam.
Course tuition: $2022.
A syllabus for this course is available at:
Helen Poulos (B.A., B.S., Pepperdine University; M.S., Penn State; Ph.D., Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies) is a postdoctoral teaching fellow, Mellon Environmental Studies Program. Click here for more information about Helen Poulos.
Consent of Instructor Required: No
|Level: GLSP||Credits: 3||Enrollment Limit: 18|
Texts to purchase for this course:
S. Gergel & M. Turner, LEARNING LANDSCAPE ECOLOGY (Springer-Verlag), Paperback
M. Turner, R. Gardner, R. O'Neill, LANDSCAPE ECOLOGY IN THEORY AND PRACTICE (Springer-Verlag), Paperback
READING MATERIALS ARE AVAILABLE AT BROAD STREET BOOKS, 45 BROAD STREET, MIDDLETOWN, 860-685-7323 Order your books online
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