LAS 330 • LANDSCAPE ECOLOGY-W
8:00 AM-9:30 AM
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.
Based on two exams, an independently written paper, and three class projects. Contains a significant writing component.
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). R. T. T. Forman et al. 2003. Road Ecology: Science and Solutions. Island Press, Washington, DC (ISBN 1-55963-933-4, paperback).