LAS 330 • LANDSCAPE ECOLOGY
12:00 PM-3:30 PM
Landscape ecology is the study of spatial patterns in the Earth's biosphere and the processes that produce those patterns in landscapes, typically portions of the Earth measured in square kilometers. This interdisciplinary approach draws from ecology and geography, but is also a perspective increasingly shared with hydrologists, foresters, social scientists, landscape architects, and others. We will examine the current state of knowledge and research on the patches and corridors that constitute landscape mosaics. We will cover the possible causal explanations from geographical and ecological points of view. Finally, we will explore practical applications of landscape ecology to the study of natural environments and those managed or altered by human activities. The class fulfills the substantial writing component (SWC) requirement for undergraduates.
1) Tests 40% Test 1: 20% Test 2: 20% (no test during final exam period) For each test, at least 25% of the grade comes from essay questions 2) 4 Group Projects: 20% 5% each Each group project is a field or computer exercise in landscape assessment, vegetation measurement, or modeling spatial pattern 3) 3 Review papers: 40% Review 1, 5 pages: 10% Review 2, 5 pages: 10% Review 3, 5 pages: 20% Each review paper will require students to professionally critique journal articles published in Landscape Ecology