Philosophy of restoration, structural components of ecosystem degradation, analysis of restoration projects and methods, and an ecosystem by ecosystem review of how systems are restored. An ecology courses that emphasizes applied scientific knowledge of ecosystems. Recommended: either BIOL 471, BIOL 472, BOTANY 354, or BOTANY 371. Offered: W.
How to conduct restoration projects in different ecosystems. Ideas presented include how ecological theory is important to restoration, and how horticultural and agricultural practices are necessary to make it work. Lectures on history and philosophy of restoration, as well as some basic concepts, have been moved to EHUF 362, Intro to Restoration, Au.
The class is conducted with lectures; there are weekend field trips to restoration project sites, and there is an actual restoration project to be completed by the class, broken down into smaller work groups.
You should understand plant ecology and should have a basic understanding of plant physiology.
Class Assignments and Grading
There are some reading assignments. Students are required to evaluate an existing restoration project. There are weekend field trips. The class project requires spending a considerable amount of time with other group members in the completion of a restoration project.
Mid-term evaluation exercise, one third; final examination, one third; class project, one third.