E&ES 536, BIOL 336, BIOL 536|
|Certificates: Environmental Studies|
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 relationship, 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.
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|Course Format: Lecture||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Prerequisites: [BIOL182 or MB&B182] OR [E&ES197 or BIOL197] OR E&ES199
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (BIOL)(CIS)(ENVS)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Turner, M, Gardner, R., & O'Neill, R. LANDSCAPE ECOLOGY IN THEORY AND PRACTICE, Springer-Verlag, 2001.
Gergel, S. & Turner, M., eds., LEARNING LANDSCAPE ECOLOGY, Springer, 2003.
These books will be available at Broad Street Books. We will probably use only 2-3 exercises from the lab book, LEARNING LANDSCAPE ECOLOGY. There are assigned readings for each lecture. These readings are not optional and must be read prior to lectures. PDF copies of all readings will be available on Blackboard.
|Examination and Assignments: |
Lab exercises, midterm, and final exam.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
A manuscript will be the major assignment for the course. You will complete this assignment by yourself or in collaboration with one other person from class. The topic will be of your own choosing, but it must be related to "landscape ecology" in its broadest sense.
|Instructor(s): Poulos,Helen Mills Times: .M.W... 02:40PM-04:00PM; Location: SCIE309; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 25||SR major: 5||JR major: 5|| || |
|Seats Available: 17||GRAD: 5||SR non-major: 5||JR non-major: 5||SO: 0||FR: 0|
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