Study of emerging scientific developments in forest resources that may develop into regular course offerings. Offered: AWSpS.
IF THE CLASS IS FULL, EMAIL DR. NOGEIRE FOR AN ADD CODE. This course is a Distributed Graduate Seminar, which means it will be taught concurrently at universities across the West. The last stage of the course will be a three-day final working group meeting in Park City, Utah attended by faculty and student volunteers from each institution. At the University of Washington, we will focus on identifying conservation priorities to inform management actions in the sagebrush steppe. We will cover shrub-steppe ecology, climate change impacts, and conservation planning, and then work on small-group projects. Students will be responsible for class participation and a group project report and presentation. We will work closely with the The Nature Conservancy and the Bureau of Land Management to insure project topics that are relevant to decision-makers.
Student learning goals
Managing for climate change.
Design and implement project to inform management.
Learn about shrub-steppe ecosystem and grazing.
General method of instruction
The first few weeks will involve lectures, reading and discussion to learn about relevent issues. Then the focus will shift to choosing and designing projects with land-manager input. Finally, students will carry out projects, with in-class time devoted to working through analyses.
Class assignments and grading
Project with presentation and report.
Final project and class participation.