COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH IN ECOSYSTEM INFORMATICS (4) (GEO 547/CS 519/MTH599). Student teams design, implement, and present results of ecosystem informatics models. Students will revise and iteratively modify their models, as well as defend their projects' contributions to ecosystem science, management, and policy. Lec/lab. PREREQS: Graduate standing; GEO 542 and GEO 543 are highly recommended.
WILDLIFE LANDSCAPE ECOLOGY (3) (FS599) explores the interaction between spatial pattern and ecological processes with particular emphasis on biodiversity in forests ('wildlife' should be interpreted in its broadest sense). This course provides students with: (1) the historical context of modern landscape ecology, (2) an understanding of key theoretical concepts such as matrix, connectivity and scale, (3) an overview of landscape influences on ecological processes such as demography, pollination, seed dispersal, (4) experience with measuring landscape pattern using GIS and landscape indices, (5) experience developing statistical models for species distributions, (6) experience with designing and implementing mensurative landscape-scale experiments (7) exposure to the application of landscape ecological principles in forest management and reserve design. The course is a blend of lectures, discussions, computer-based lab exercises and field work. PREREQS: Students are expected to have completed upper-level undergraduate or graduate courses in statistics, GIS and ecology. Please contact me if you have questions about whether you have the appropriate requirements.
FOREST MANAGEMENT AND WILDLIFE CONSERVATION (3) (FW/FS 453) This course students with a fundamental understanding of the ecology and conservation of wildlife in managed forests, the influences of forest management on wildlife, and strategies for management of forests to achieve conservation objectives. Course content: Ecology of forest-dwelling wildlife of the Pacific Northwest, fundamentals of habitat ecology and spatial scale, application of principles of population biology and conservation biology to conservation and management of wildlife in forests, landscape and regional approaches to forest planning for biodiversity, and wildlife response to stand development, stand structure, riparian area management and even- and uneven-age management. PREREQS: FOR 240 or FOR 341 or BI 370 or an equivalent course in ecology.