LAS 330 • LANDSCAPE ECOLOGY-W
12:30 PM-2:00 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. Students are expected to read the assigned chapters and participate actively in class. The exams will test knowledge, vocabulary, and the ability to apply concepts to novel situations. The independent project requires the reading of some of the professional literature in landscape ecology, plus the preparation and writing of an original summary of current research.
Two exams (vocabulary, short answer, short essay)--100 points each exam. Four class projects--10 points each project. Independent project paper--100 points. Final letter grades for the course are assigned by percentages of the 340 total possible points: >90%=A, 80-89.99%=B, 70-79.99%=C, 60-69.99%=D, <60%=F.
M. G. Turner, R. H. Gardner & R. V. O Neill. 2001. Landscape Ecology in Theory and Practice: Patterns and Processes. Springer, New York. (ISBN 0-387-95123-7, paperback with CD). Zimmerer, K. S. & K. R. Young. 1998. Nature s Geography: New Lessons for Conservation in Developing Countries. University of Wisconsin Press, Madison (ISBN 0-299-15914-0; paperback).