Apr 26, 2018  
2015-2016 College Catalog 
    
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ENV* K207 - Sustainable Landscape Ecology °


3 CREDIT HOURS
Prerequisite: BIO* K180  or ENV* K101 .
This course will cover 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. Through reading and discussion students will explore the ecological relationships of biotic communities in heterogeneous environments and the importance of the landscape scale to ecosystem diversity and function in wetlands, forests and rangelands. Students will learn about the relationships of landscape ecology to plant ecology, animal ecology, popula­tion ecology, aquatic ecology, landscape architecture and geography. Students will specifically address sustainability, BMPs and conservation issues at the landscape scale. Students will perform field work and site visits. Students will examine the aspects of soil ecology relevant to environmental studies, especially focusing on sustainability and conservation of soils, soils as functional components of agricultural ecosystems and on the role of soils in the global biochemical cycling of organic carbon. The student will be introduced to fundamental concepts of soil science, soil organisms and ecosystem ecology of soils, and will apply their understanding of soil ecology to current environmental problems including coil stewardship and sustainability.



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