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Sharon L Doty
ESRM 201
Seattle Campus

Sustaining Pacific Northwest Ecosystems

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.

Class description

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 Wednesdays; field trips or excursions on campus or in lab on Tuesdays or Thursdays.

Recommended preparation

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


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Sharon L Doty
Date: 02/17/2014