FW 5115 Restoration Ecology


 





Instructors
Rod A. Chimner

Assistant Professor of Wetland Ecology
Office #114,  SFRES
Ph: 487-1464
rchimner@mtu.edu

 

Christopher R. Webster

Assistant Professor of Quantitative Ecology

Office rm. 166 Forestry Building

Ph: 906-487-3618

cwebster@mtu.edu

 

Casey Huckins

Associate Professor of Biological Sciences

Office 721. Dow Environmental Science Building

Ph: 906-487-2475

cjhuckin@mtu.edu

 

Goals

In this course we will introduce and discuss the ecological foundations of the growing and maturing subject of restoration ecology.  We will study the methods, challenges, and philosophical underpinnings associated with ecological restoration.  Restoration of wetland, forest and grassland communities will be covered. Through this course we hope to provide a platform for you to expand and clarify your knowledge of ecological principles and the approaches to studying these concepts.  You should further develop your understanding of the significance of ecological theory and the application of these concepts to world issues.  Through our discussions of the material you will have the opportunity to improve oral and written communication skills. 

 

Course Structure

The Tuesday of each week of class will be a presentation of ecological, biological and scientific principles that apply to the topic of the week.  This will be followed by a group discussion on Thursday based on readings from our text.  Each student in the class will lead a discussion during the semester and we expect all students to participate in and prepare a question for each discussion.

 

Grading

Class discussion and participation                                    50%

Send in one discussion question per week                        50%

 

 

 


 

 

Required Text
Foundations of Restoration Ecology: The Science and Practice of Ecological Restoration. (2006). Society for Ecological Restoration International, Donald A. Falk (Editor), Margaret A. Palmer (Editor), Joy B. Zedler (Editor).

 

 


Schedule

 

 

 

http://www.forest.mtu.edu/classes/fw5115

Week

Topic

Chapter

Lecturer

1

Principals of Restoration Ecology

1

Rod Chimner

2

Ecophysiological Ecology

3

Eric Lilleskov

3

Demography, population metapopulations

4

Casey Huckins

4

Community Ecology and food webs

5, 8

Casey Huckins

5

Genetics and Evolutionary Ecology

2,6

Jackie Grant

6

Fine Scale heterogeneity

Macroecology

7

14

Rod Chimner

David Flashpohler

7

Paleoecology, climate change

15

Rod Chimner

8

Ecological dynamics and trajectories

Statistical Issues

9

13

Rod Chimner

Chris Webster

 

Spring Break

 

 

9

Invasive species

12

Chris Webster

Linda Nagel

10

Forest Restoration

 

Chris Webster

11

Tallgrass

Shortgrass

 

Chris Webster

Rod Chimner

12

Wetlands

 

Rod Chimner

13

Wetlands

 

Rod Chimner

14

Aquatic

 

Casey Huckins