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Landscape Ecology

E&ES 336
Fall 2009
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: 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.

Essential Capabilities: None
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: NSM E&ES
Course Format: LectureGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: [BIOL182 or MB&B182] OR [E&ES197 or BIOL197] OR E&ES199
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (BIOL)(ENVS)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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