Investigates the vegetation and climate of North American ecosystems. Includes an ecosystem by ecosystem review of how restoration is done in each system, including some tropical ecosystems. Recommended: plant ecology, plant identification, horticulture, landscape ecology coursework. Offered: W.
How restoration is done in primarily North American ecosystem types; we will review the ecology of these systems and examples of restoration projects done in them. Systems will include temperate forest, wetlands, aridlands, arctic, alpine, grasslands, thornscrub, saltmarsh, oak savanna, as well as tropical moist forest and tropical dry forest.
There will be a team restoration exercise in the Union Bay Natural Area. This year the project will be the creation of an area for migratory shorebirds in the vicinity of Central Pond. There will be readings about shorebird habitat and a report detailing the critical elements of the creation of such habitat will be required from each team.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Lecture class with hands-on restoration project.
Read materials, listen to lectures, be a good team member.
Class assignments and grading
The main assignment is to restore part of the Union Bay Natural Area.
There will be quizzes and a final exam. The restoration project will be judged by instructor and teaching assistant; student grade for the project will be based on the project but will be adjusted using peer evaluations by team members.