Sharon L Doty
Introduces the principles of ecology across an urban to wildland gradient and discusses how these landscapes can be sustainably managed. Explores basic ecological theories, plant communities, soil, climate, pollution, hydrology, and wildlife in classroom, labs, and field trips. Offered: ASp.
Course Objectives: • Principles of ecology across an urban to wildland gradient • NW plant communities • Interactions of plants, soils, microbes, climate, hydrology, fire, insects, diseases, and wildlife • Challenges of managing nature in the urbanizing PNW • Develop critical analysis and documentation skills
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Powerpoint lectures on Tuesdays; field trips or excursions on campus or in lab on Thursdays.
Class assignments and grading
1. Lab practicals (including plant identification) 2. "Fact Sheet" assignments- researching specific species 3. Your lab notebook/journal 4. Reading assignments; answering pre-field trip questions
Grades are based on in-class exams (midterm and final), lab practicals (plant identification), "Fact Sheet" assignments, and your lab notebook/journal. This journal should include your answers to Pre-Field Trip Questions (based on reading assignments to be given); field notes (taken during field trip); Reflections