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Online courses by MNR program category
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Registration procedures | UI course schedule | UI Course catalog | Contact: Professor R. Robberecht, Director | MNR@uidaho.edu | 208-885-7404

 

Program category: Ecology & Management
 

The science of ecology explores the interactions among organisms and their environment. The proper and sustainable management of natural resources requires the application of ecological principles. The suite of courses in this MNR program category will provide the foundational knowledge and understanding of ecology and its application to the management of natural resources. While this program category emphasizes ecological principles, you should strive to independently integrate these topics with those in the other three program categories throughout your graduate program.

 

MNR Selection criteria | Course preparation | Registration | UI course schedule | UI Course catalog

Online courses | Consult the UI schedule for the latest changes in course information

Graduate seminar – live and on-demand viewing options: Current topics in climate change and the conservation and management of populations (FISH 504-1, 1 credits | 4:30 – 5:20 p.m. Pacific time).

 

Climate change is now recognized as a major force that will affect ecosystems and economies in coming decades. This graduate seminar will examine the current understanding of climate controls on ecosystems, likely scenarios for climate change in coming years, and expected effects to populations of economic and cultural importance. The emphasis will be on current understanding of climate effects on ecosystems and populations. Topics include: Major factors driving climate, spatial and temporal scale of climate effects, global, regional or local effects?, available climate models and predictions, how do the models make predictions and at what scale(s)?, major linkages between climate and populations (e.g., phenology, food webs, pathogens), biological responses to climate shifts: adapt or move (or be moved), indirect effects of greenhouse gases (e.g., acidification), and other emerging issues.

 

Dr. Christopher Caudill | 208-885-7614 | Delivery method: Live and on-demand | Fall semester

Conservation Genetics (WLF 540, 1 - 3 credits)
  The application of molecular genetic methods has become increasingly important in the conservation and management of fish, wildlife and plant species. This course is designed to help students learn the basic principles of population genetics and phylogenetics as they are applied in the fields of conservation genetics and conservation genomics. Students will learn to design conservation genetics research projects, interpret genetic data and critically review papers from a wide-range of important topics in conservation genetics and genomics.
 

Professor Lisette Waits and Kim Andrews | 208-885-7823 | Delivery method: Blackboard Learn | Fall semester
 

Ecology (REM 221-40, 3 credits) | Background course – not for graduate credit
  Fundamental principles of ecology. Major topics covered by the course include the physical environment, how organisms interact with each other and their environment, evolutionary processes, population dynamics, communities, energy flow and ecosystems, human influences on ecosystems, and the integration and scaling of ecological processes through systems ecology. Computer-based materials are used extensively for guided independent learning of ecology.
 

Professor R. Robberecht | 208-885-7404 | Delivery method: Custom web site and Blackboard Learn | Fall semester, and summer
 

Global Fire Ecology and Management (FOR 426-2, 3 credits)
  This course covers fire ecology of multiple ecosystems and relates them to challenging fire management issues. This course is often taken by senior undergraduate students and graduate students. There are readings from science literature and you must write short papers addressing ecologically-based fire management issues. Exams are on Blackboard and include short answer essay as well as comparing and contrasting and applying different fire terms and concepts.
 

Contact MNR Director, Professor R. Robberecht | 208-885-7404 | Delivery method:  Blackboard Learn | Fall semester 2016
 

Fire Ecology (FOR 526, 3 credits)
  This graduate course provides an overview of fire effects in multiple ecosystems, as well as key concepts, approaches to studying ecological effects of fires, and the science literature. Exams are take-home, requiring extensive reading in scientific journals available online through the University of Idaho library. Because you can choose which questions to address on the take-home exam, you can tailor this class to your interests in fire ecology. I have high expectations of my students for their ability to synthesize science information, and to write concisely in style of scientific journals. We cover restoration ecology, fire and climate change, and other ecological issues, but this is not a course on fire management.
 

Professor Penelope Morgan | 208-885-7507 | Delivery method: Custom web site | Fall semester
 

Ecophysiology (REM 560-40, 3 credits)
  Functional responses and adaptations of individual species to their environment, emphasizing the physiological mechanisms that influence the interactions between organisms and the major environmental factors (e.g., solar radiation, energy balance, temperature, water and nutrients, climate), and how this affects the interactions among species and their growth and survival (e.g., competition, herbivory, and allelopathy). Interactive computer-based learning materials are used extensively.
 

Professor R. Robberecht | 208-885-7404 | Delivery method: Custom web site | Fall semester
 

Landscape Genetics (WLF 561, 2 credits)
  Landscape genetics is an interdisciplinary field of study that evaluates how landscape and environmental features influence gene flow, population structure and local adaptation by integrating landscape ecology, population genetics and spatial statistics. This course covers applications of landscape genetics that can improve our understanding of ecology, evolution, and management of wild populations. Recommended Preparation: Population genetics or conservation genetics, and multivariate or spatial statistics.
 

Professor Lisette Waits | 208-885-7823 | Delivery method: Blackboard Learn | Spring semester
 

Rangeland Community Ecology (REM 459, 2 credits)
  A discussion on the major ecological principles and processes that influence the function of rangeland ecosystems. Ecological processes are similar across all types of ecosystems. However, some processes are more important determinants in some ecosystems than in others. We will focus on those processes that greatly influence the function of rangeland ecosystems such as succession, disturbance (e.g. herbivory, fire, and climatic variation), and nutrient cycling. Diversity and sustainability of ecosystems are ever- increasing important considerations. We will discuss these topics as they are currently applied to rangelands. I will often use examples from other types of ecosystems, such as wetlands, tide marshes, and temperate forests, to illustrate particular points.
 

Dr. Eva Strand | 208-885-5779 | Delivery method: Custom web site | Fall semester
 

Wetland Restoration (FISH 540, 3 credits)
  This web-based course contains modules covering wetland science, restoration ecology, freshwater restoration, coastal restoration, and monitoring/maintenance. The emphasis is on the science of wetland ecosystems and the applied ecology/practice of restoration, with additional consideration of cultural and socio-political contexts. Extensive readings, an assignment, and a study guide are required for each module. Students apply their learning in and contribute relevant professional experience to weekly online discussions. Students are also responsible for obtaining documentation of at least one wetland restoration site in their region and conducting a site visit in order to evaluate the success of the restoration project. A final exam (re-design of a failed restoration project) is administered online, with partial credit earned through discussion with an interdisciplinary team of classmates and the remaining credit earned through individual analysis and synthesis.
 

Ms. Kimberly Stout | 208-885-6434 | Delivery method: Custom web site and Blackboard Learn | Fall semester
 

Wildland Restoration Ecology (REM 440, 3 credits)
  Ecological principles and management practices involved in restoring and rehabilitating wildland ecosystems after disturbance or alteration to return damaged ecosystems to a productive and stable state.
 

 Dr. Leda Kobziar | Delivery method: Blackboard Learn | Spring semester
 

Course companion program

  Although the availability of online courses is increasing each semester, the suite of online courses for the MNR program is smaller than the number of on-campus courses. In order to broaden the curriculum for our off-campus students, we will provide the opportunity to participate in on-campus courses from your off-campus location. If you are off-campus and wish to enroll in an on-campus course, you can elect to participate in the course companion program, in which you will participate in a live on-campus course via Skype video on a laptop computer. Your course companion will bring and setup the laptop for each class session, where you will be able to participate as if you were in the classroom live.

Please note the following conditions:
1. If you are a non-Idaho resident, non-resident fees will apply
2. An on-campus student in the course must agree to assist you with the companion program
3. The instructor of the course must provide their permission for the course companion program
4. The course is live: Participation in the course is on the scheduled days and time (Pacific time)
5. Your participation in the course is on the same conditions as on-campus students
6. For courses with field trip components, students must travel to the campus (regularly scheduled laboratories are not included in the course companion program)

To participate in the course companion program, contact the Director, MNR program.

 

On-campus courses

  Because of the large number of on-campus courses approved for the MNR program, on-campus students in the MNR program have access to a wider range of courses than the suite of online courses. Consult with your graduate advisor to design your study plan of courses that may include on-campus courses and online courses. 

 

Course preparation - Suggested books and journals for ecology and management

Books   Journals
Archibold, O.W. 1995. Ecology of world vegetation. First edition. Chapman & Hall.

Barbour, M. G., J. H. Burk, W. D. Pitts, F. S. Gilliam, and M. W. Schwartz. 1999. Terrestrial plant ecology. Third edition. Benjamin/Cummings Publishing.

Bonan, G. B. 2002. Ecological climatology: Concepts and applications. Cambridge University Press.

Barbour, M. G., and W.D. Billings. 2000. North American terrestrial vegetation. Second edition. Cambridge University Press.

Henderson, P. A. 2003. Practical methods in ecology. Blackwell

Larcher, W. 2003. Physiological plant ecology: Ecophysiology and stress physiology of functional groups. Fourth edition. Springer.

Odum, H.T., and E.C. Odum. 2000. Modelling for all scales: An introduction to system simulation. Academic Press.

Silverton, J., and J. Antonovics. 2000. Integrating ecology and evolution in a spatial context. British Ecological Society.

Smith, T.M., and R.K. Smith. 2012. Elements of ecology. Eighth edition. Pearson.
 

 

 

  Science of ecology
Ecology
Ecological Monographs
Functional Ecology
Journal of Ecology
Journal of Animal Ecology
The American Naturalist

Applied ecology
American Fisheries Society
Ecological Applications
Forest Ecology & Management
Journal of Applied Ecology
Journal of Wildlife Management
Rangeland Ecology & Management
Restoration Ecology

Organizations & Research
British Ecological Society
Ecological Society of America
Society of American Naturalists
Society of American Foresters
Society for Ecological Restoration
Society for Range Management
The Wildlife Society

LTER - ecological studies
Man in the Biosphere (MAB)
World biomes
Ocean - online atlas

 

 

 

Program category: Human Dimensions in Natural Resources
 

In addition to fundamental knowledge and understanding of the natural world, (i.e., principles of the science of ecology and their application to the management of natural resources), knowledge and understanding of the human perspective on natural resources are also critical for the effective management of those resources in a variety of ways. Human values, morals, ethics, environmental philosophy, and our innate connection with nature significantly influence the ways in which we view, manage, and use natural resources. The human dimensions category emphasizes the human aspects of natural resources – i.e., the application of philosophy, socio-cultural concerns, and the social sciences (psychology, sociology, economics, political science) to natural resources. You should strive to independently integrate this topic with those in the other three program categories throughout your graduate program.

 

MNR Selection criteria | Course preparation | Registration | UI course schedule | UI Course catalog

Online courses | Consult the UI schedule for the latest changes in course information
Environmental Philosophy (ENVS 552 or Phil 552, 3 credits)
  Philosophical examination of various ethical, metaphysical, and legal issues concerning humans, nature, and the environment; issues covered may include biodiversity and species protection, animal rights, radical ecology, environmental racism, wilderness theory, population control, and property rights. Additional projects/assignments required for graduate credit.
 

Contact MNR Director, Professor R. Robberecht | 208-885-7404 | Syllabus | Blackboard Learn  | Summer semester 2016
 

Human Dimensions in Restoration Ecology (NRS 572, 3 credits) | Blackboard Learn  | Summer: June 16 - July 25, 2014.
  An in-depth investigation of multidimensional human considerations, including economic, social, and cultural values and the role they play in maintaining, restoring, or sustaining ecosystems. Explores the premise that projects designed for the restoration and sustainable management of ecosystems and associated resources must be economically viable and socially desirable as well as ecologically sound to be successful. The rationale for this course is that consideration of human values and the issues they raise are as important for resource management and planning as ecological values. Key issues for society and management include: determining who decides what the desirable condition for an ecosystem is, what that desirable condition for an ecosystem should be, how and when that condition is to be attained, and how economic, social, and cultural values will be affected and mitigated, where possible.
 

Contact MNR Director, Professor R. Robberecht | 208-885-7404 | Delivery method: Blackboard Learn  | Spring semester
 

Moral Reasoning in Natural Resources (NR 507, 3 credits)
  Exploration of the practical aspects of moral reasoning on current issues in natural resources. The purpose of the course is to discover the essence of reasoning, rationality, and reflection on moral and ethical dilemmas with regard to current issues in natural resources.
 

Dr. Justin Barnes | 208-885-8871 | Custom course web site and Blackboard Learn  | Summer semester.
 

Principles of Sustainability (FS 536, 3 credits)
  This online course is a digital walkabout on the primary concepts, principles, and issues of sustainability. This course is intended for upper division or graduate level university students. Rather than lectures, the course has ten Chapters, each with several Parts that detail the Chapter topic area. This course is an experiment in PowerPoint-free courseware, and the course material is presented by information intensive doculectures filmed on-location or in a studio. It is our target that the information intensity of these doculectures captures that of a well-developed university lecture, but with the dynamic sights and sounds of an HD documentary to enhance learning. All instructional doculectures will be downloadable to mobile devices.
 

Professor Gregory Moller | 208-885-0401 | Delivery method: Custom course web site | Fall and spring semesters
 

Course companion program

  Although the availability of online courses is increasing each semester, the suite of online courses for the MNR program is smaller than the number of on-campus courses. In order to broaden the curriculum for our off-campus students, we will provide the opportunity to participate in on-campus courses from your off-campus location. If you are off-campus and wish to enroll in an on-campus course, you can elect to participate in the course companion program, in which you will participate in a live on-campus course via Skype video on a laptop computer. Your course companion will bring and setup the laptop for each class session, where you will be able to participate as if you were in the classroom live.

Please note the following conditions:
1. If you are a non-Idaho resident, non-resident fees will apply
2. An on-campus student in the course must agree to assist you with the companion program
3. The instructor of the course must provide their permission for the course companion program
4. The course is live: Participation in the course is on the scheduled days and time (Pacific time)
5. Your participation in the course is on the same conditions as on-campus students
6. For courses with field trip components, students must travel to the campus (regularly scheduled laboratories are not included in the course companion program)

To participate in the course companion program, contact the Director, MNR program.

 

On-campus courses

  Because of the large number of on-campus courses approved for the MNR program, on-campus students in the MNR program have access to a wider range of courses than the suite of online courses. Consult with your graduate advisor to design your study plan of courses that may include on-campus courses and online courses. 

 

Course preparation - Suggested books and journals for human dimensions in natural resources

Books   Journals

De Young, C., A. Charles, and A. Hjort. 2011. Human dimensions of the ecosystem approach to fisheries: An Overview of Context, Tools and Methods. Island Press.

Egan, D., E.E. Hjerpe, J. Abrams, and E. Higgs. 2011. Human dimensions of ecological restoration: integrating science, Nature, and Culture. Island Press.

Galatowitsch, S.M. 2012 Ecological restoration. Sinauer Associates

Higgs, E. 2003. Nature by design: People, natural process, and ecological restoration. The MIT Press.

Munier, N. 2006. Introduction to sustainability: Road to a better future. Springer.

Reo, N.J. 2011. Ecological and human dimensions of tribal and state natural resource management. ProQuest.

Society for Ecological Restoration International, J. Aronson, S.J. Milton, J.N. Blignaut, and P.H. Raven. 2007. Restoring Natural Capital: Science, Business, and Practice. Island Press.

  Sustainability: The Journal of Record
Ecological Economics

Ecosystem Services
Human Ecology
Journal of Human Ecology
Journal of Leisure Studies

Organizations & Research
Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute
Man in the Biosphere (MAB)

Society for Ecological Restoration

 

 

 

Program category: Policy, Planning & Law
 

The suite of courses in this MNR program category focuses on the influences of laws, regulations, and policies on the planning and management of natural resources. This MNR program category will provide the foundational knowledge and understanding of these important influences - you should strive to independently integrate these topics with those in the other three program categories throughout your graduate program.

 

MNR Selection criteria | Course preparation | Registration | UI course schedule | UI Course catalog

Online courses | Consult the UI schedule for the latest changes in course information
Environmental Politics and Policy (NRS 574, 3 credits)

 
This course explores the complex, multi-faceted issues and institutional structures that shape environmental politics in the United States. It examines the role of various institutional actors (Congress, President, Courts) in environmental policymaking, considers the relationship between politics and science, and the role of the market solutions to environmental protection challenges. Specific topics include energy and environmental politics, global issues and questions (population, food, climate change), and the future of American environmentalism.
 

Dr. Patrick Wilson | 208-885-7431 | Delivery method: Custom course web site and Blackboard Learn | Summer semester
 

Wildland Fire Policy (FOR 587, 2 credits)
 

The course will examine the relationships between fire science, federal laws and regulations that affect fire management in fire affected ecosystems; the politics of wildland fire; and the effects of wildland fire on wildland-urban interface (WUI) communities.  The course can be petitioned to be accepted in the fire certificate.  Recommended preparation is a course in natural resource and/or environmental policy or FOR 584.

 

Professor Jo Ellen Force | 208-885-7311 | Delivery method: Blackboard Learn  | Fall semester
 

Integrated Rangeland Management (REM 456, 3 credits)
  Management strategies for integrating grazing with other natural resource values such as wildlife, water, timber, recreation, and aesthetics; emphasis on herbivore ecology including ecological impacts of grazing, ways to manage grazing, and nutritional relationships between plants and free-ranging ungulates on rangeland, pastureland, and forest ecosystems. Students are required to participate in a one three- to four-day field trip. Students can choose between two field trip options: April 13-16 or April 20-23.
 

Professor Karen Launchbaugh | 208-885-4394 | Required field trip | Spring semester
 

Natural Resource Policy Development (FOR 584, 3 credits)
  The development of natural resource policy with emphasis on the policy process at the federal level in the U.S.; the role of and interrelationships between staff, committees, agencies and elected officials; the relationship of science and scientists with policy and politicians in the development of natural resource policy, including preparation of testimony related to natural resource science and policy issues; implementation of policy within the natural resource agencies and judicial interpretation of major natural resource policies in the United States.
 

Professor Jo Ellen Force | 208-885-7311 | Delivery method: Blackboard Learn  | Spring semester
 

Planning & Decision Making for Watershed Management (NRS 573, 3 credits)*
  Focus on ecological and human factors in process-oriented approaches to watershed analysis and planning for effective decision-making; emphasis on practical applications of current tools and approaches, e.g., GIS, MAU Theory, collaborative management.
 

Contact MNR Director, Professor R. Robberecht | 208-885-7404 | Delivery method: Blackboard Learn | Summer semester
*Currently not available. Contact the director for further information.
 

Restoration Ecology Practicum (NRS 580, 2 credits)
  Capstone experience in the Restoration Ecology Certificate Program. Students work independently to develop plan for implementing and assessing the success of ecological restoration; plan must synthesize literature, concepts, and challenges; plan shall be written with graphics and electronic submission for possible Internet publication.
 

Contact MNR Director, Professor R. Robberecht | 208-885-7404 | Delivery method: Blackboard Learn | Summer semester
 

Course companion program

  Although the availability of online courses is increasing each semester, the suite of online courses for the MNR program is smaller than the number of on-campus courses. In order to broaden the curriculum for our off-campus students, we will provide the opportunity to participate in on-campus courses from your off-campus location. If you are off-campus and wish to enroll in an on-campus course, you can elect to participate in the course companion program, in which you will participate in a live on-campus course via Skype video on a laptop computer. Your course companion will bring and setup the laptop for each class session, where you will be able to participate as if you were in the classroom live.

Please note the following conditions:
1. If you are a non-Idaho resident, non-resident fees will apply
2. An on-campus student in the course must agree to assist you with the companion program
3. The instructor of the course must provide their permission for the course companion program
4. The course is live: Participation in the course is on the scheduled days and time (Pacific time)
5. Your participation in the course is on the same conditions as on-campus students
6. For courses with field trip components, students must travel to the campus (regularly scheduled laboratories are not included in the course companion program)

To participate in the course companion program, contact the Director, MNR program.

 

On-campus courses

  Because of the large number of on-campus courses approved for the MNR program, on-campus students in the MNR program have access to a wider range of courses than the suite of online courses. Consult with your graduate advisor to design your study plan of courses that may include on-campus courses and online courses. 

 

Course preparation - Suggested books and journals in policy, planning, and law

Books   Journals
Clark, S.G. 2002. The Policy Process: A practical guide for natural resources professionals. Yale University Press.

Clemons, R.S., and M.K. McBeth. 2001. Public policy praxis? Theory and pragmatism: A Case Approach. Prentice Hall.

Coggins, G.C., C.F. Wilkinson, J.D. Leshy, and R.L. Fischman. 2007. Federal public land and resources Law. Sixth edition. Foundation Press.

Cubbage, F.W., O’Laughlin, J., and C.S. Bullock, III. 1993. Forest resource policy. John Wiley & Sons.

Daniels, S.E., and G.B. Walker. 2001. Working through environmental conflict: The Collaborative learning approach. Praeger.

Kagan, R.A. 2001. Adversarial legalism: The American way of law. Harvard University Press.

Klein, C.A., F. Cheever, and B.C. Birdsong. 2009. Natural resources raw: Placed based book of cases & problems. Second edition. Aspen Publishers.

MacDonnell, L., and S. Bates. 2009. The evolution of natural resources law and policy. American Bar Association.

Patton, C.V., and D.S. Sawicki. 1993. Basic methods of policy analysis and planning. Second edition. Prentice Hall, Englewood Cliffs.

Randolph, J. 2012. Environmental land use planning and management. Second Edition. Island Press.

Roe, E. 1998. Taking complexity seriously: Policy analysis, triangulation, and sustainable development. Kluwer Academic.

  Environmental Science and Policy
Forest Policy and Economics
Policy Sciences

Policy Studies Journal

Research organizations
Congressional Research Service
Government Accountability Office
Policy Analysis Group, CNR, UI
Resources for the Future

Professional societies
American Fisheries Society
National Recreation and Park Association
Society of American Foresters
Society for Range Management
The Wildlife Society

Governmental & other resources
Council of State Governments
League of Women Voters
National Association of Counties
National Conference of State Legislatures
United Nations Environmental Program
Food & Agricultural Organization of the UN
Western Governors’ Association
 

 

 

 

 

Program category: Tools & Technology
 

A successful graduate program and career as a natural resource professional requires mastery of a key set of tools. The suite of courses in this MNR program category focuses on topics such as mapping and analysis via geographical information systems (GIS), the appropriate and effective graphical representation of scientific data, communicating natural resource issues to the public. Also important is the technical writing experience you will gain from many of the courses in program. The recommended resources shown in the course preparation section provide you with additional resources for mastering the key tools for success. This MNR program category will provide the foundational knowledge and understanding of these important tools - you should strive to independently integrate these topics with those in the other three program categories throughout your graduate program.

 

MNR Selection criteria | Course preparation | Registration | UI course schedule | UI Course catalog

Online courses | Consult the UI schedule for the latest changes in course information
Advanced Fire Behavior (FOR 504, Section 6, 3 credits)
  Basic chemistry and physics involved in fire, including heat transfer processes and the main factors affecting fire behavior. Key fire behavior models useful for professionals. Illustrations with exercises to bridge the gap between basic science and application of science in fire analysis. Examples from different areas of the world, making use of developments in different aspects of fire, from grassfires or spotting of Australian eucalypts to crown fire experiments in the boreal forests of Canada, relying heavily on work from the U.S. and Europe, on modeling fire behavior.
 

Francisco Castro Rego | Sample syllabus | Spring semester
 

Air Quality, Pollution, and Smoke (FOR 554, 3 credits)
  Overview of air pollution, air quality, and smoke. The common sources of pollutants to the atmosphere, their degradation mechanisms, and removal processes. Further content on global biomass burning and emissions of smoke from wildfires, including historical and current policy.
 

Dr. Alistair Smith | 208-885-1009 | Delivery method: Blackboard Learn | Spring semester
 

Emerging Media Outreach in Natural Resources (NR 504-1, 3 credits)
  Twitter, Facebook, blogs, podcasts, Snapchat, Instagram, etc. - the possibilities and opportunities of social media uses in natural resources are endless and evolving. This course is a broad approach to the history, theory, technology, impact and strategic uses of social media in natural resources. These tools are relatively inexpensive and accessible technologies that enable anyone to create, publish, edit and access messages intended for the smallest to the largest of audiences in our field. Students will engage and examine social media uses for advertising, marketing, and public relations outreach. This course will provide hands-on experience with the most current technology.
 

Contact Dr. Justin Barnes | 208-885-8871 | Custom course web site and Blackboard Learn  | Summer semester
 

Fuels Inventory and Management (FOR 451, 3 credits)
  Tools, quantitative analysis, and approaches for inventory and management of fuels for wildland fires over large, diverse areas in forests, woodlands, shrubland, and grasslands. Critically review and synthesize relevant scientific literature.
 

Contact Dr. Leda Kobzia | 208-885-0118 | Delivery method: Blackboard Learn | Spring semester
 

GIS Application in Fire Ecology and Management (REM 510, 2 credits)
  Introduces applications of GIS in fire ecology, research, and management including incident mapping, fire progression mapping, GIS overlay analysis, remote sensing fire severity assessments, fire atlas analysis and the role of GIS in the Fire Regime Condition Class concept and the National Fire Plan. Additional assignment/projects required for graduate credit.
 

Contact Dr. Leda Kobzia | 208-885-0118 | Delivery method: Blackboard Learn | Spring semester
 

Landscape and Habitat Dynamics (REM 507-02, 3 credits)
  This course is designed for students who are interested in quantitative methods for predicting landscape change and dynamics. Central topics in this course are the concepts of disturbance ecology (focus on fire), potential vegetation, niche modeling, successional change, climate change scenarios, human induced change, and effects of change on species ranges and wildlife habitat. Following an introductory section on spatial modeling and uncertainty, we explore spatial point pattern analysis, species distribution modeling, state-and-transition modeling, fire effects models, and landscape scale treatment design. In the laboratory section of the course we use geospatial analysis tools such as the spatial statistics packages in R, the Vegetation Dynamics Development Tool, the Maximum Entropy model, the Wildland Fire Assessment Tool, and the Landscape Treatment Designer to quantify landscape composition under a variety of modeled management and/or climate scenarios. We read and discuss scientific papers and the latter part of the course is dedicated to development, analysis, and reporting of an independent project on a topic of particular interest to the student. Note. This course has similar content and replaces GIS Applications in Natural Resources (REM 502 and GIS Applications in Natural Resources (REM 402).
 

Dr. Eva Strand | 208-885-5779 | Delivery method: Blackboard Learn | Fall semester
 

Management of Scientific Innovation (BUS 552, 3 credits)
  Study of business and economic principles needed to manage scientific innovation with emphasis on strategy, organizational leadership, and marketing concepts. Course topics include the role of innovation in strategy, the development of systems and processes that support innovation, the management of technical teams, the commercialization and regulation of scientific innovation, and the protection of intellectual property.
 

Dr. John Lawrence | 208-885-5821 | Delivery method: Custom course web site | Fall semester
 

Prescribed Fire For Ecologically-Based Management (FOR 444, 2-3 credits)
  Learn about prescribed burning in support of ecologically-based management through reading, discussion and participating in hands-on service learning, planning, conducting and monitoring prescribed burns, reading and discussing local ecology and management, working collaboratively, and developing skills in fire management. Course requires travel as well as pre, during and post-travel writing, discussion and presentations.
 

Professor Penelope Morgan | 208-885-7507 | Delivery method: Blackboard Learn | Spring semester 2016
 

Principles of Research I (NRS 504, 2 credits)
  Readings in research literature pertinent to problems, practices, and theories of the conservation social sciences; evolution of literature and critical evaluation of scientific methods applied. Research approaches, designs, and methods as applied in natural resources professions.
 

Contact MNR Director, Professor R. Robberecht | 208-885-7404 | Delivery method: Blackboard Learn | Fall semester
 

Principles of Research II (NRS 504, 2 credits)
  Readings in research literature pertinent to problems, practices, and theories of the conservation social sciences; evolution of literature and critical evaluation of scientific methods applied. Research approaches, designs, and methods as applied in natural resources professions.
 

Contact MNR Director, Professor R. Robberecht | 208-885-7404 | Prerequisite: Principles of Research I | Delivery method: Blackboard Learn | Spring semester
 

Principles of Vegetation Measurement/Assessment (REM 410, 2 credits)
  Overview of vegetation measurement techniques for grasslands, shrublands, woodlands, and forests. Students will gain a solid understanding of how to assess and monitor vegetation attributes relative to wildlife habitat, livestock forage, fire fuel characteristics, watershed function, and many other wildland values. Recommended Preparation: A basic statistics course and understanding of how to use computer spreadsheets such as Excel.
 

Professor Karen Launchbaugh | 208-885-4394 | Delivery method: Custom course web site | Fall semester
 

Ecological Monitoring and Analysis (REM 411, 2 credits)
  Companion course to Principles of Vegetation Measurement/Assessment (REM 410, 2 credits). Four-day field trip and weekly laboratory (participation via Skype video)
 

Professor Karen Launchbaugh | 208-885-4394 | Delivery method: Custom course web site | Fall semester
 

Public Relations and Communication for Resource Management Professionals (NRS 593, 3 credits)
  This course focuses on key concepts, principles and practices of good public relations and social marketing - and in particular, their application for more effective resource management. Ensuring clear communications, good public relations, and positive, constructive dealings with both internal publics (organization employees) as well as external publics (clients, special interests, the general public) is critical for sound resource management, results-oriented planning, and productive policy development.
 

Contact MNR Director, Professor R. Robberecht | 208-885-7404 | Delivery method: Blackboard Learn | Fall 2016
 

Scientific Graphics Design (NR 525, 3 credits)
  Principles of graphics design for science, including the graphical presentation of data for printed and electronic journals, poster presentations, and oral presentations. Students will analyze published scientific graphics as well as learn to design their own graphs based on data from their graduate research or other sources.
 

Professor R. Robberecht | 208-885-7404 | Delivery method: Custom web site | Summer
 

Science Synthesis & Communication (FOR 546, 3 credits)
  Learn together about synthesizing science for application in management. We emphasize fire science. Extensive writing and reading required. In this online course students become informed users of science, learn best practices for synthesizing science, and deepen their understanding of the science-management interface and how to communicate science effectively. We address advocacy. Students complete multiple science briefs and syntheses.
 

Professor Penelope Morgan | 208-885-7507 | Delivery method: Blackboard Learn | Spring semester
 

Course companion program

  Although the availability of online courses is increasing each semester, the suite of online courses for the MNR program is smaller than the number of on-campus courses. In order to broaden the curriculum for our off-campus students, we will provide the opportunity to participate in on-campus courses from your off-campus location. If you are off-campus and wish to enroll in an on-campus course, you can elect to participate in the course companion program, in which you will participate in a live on-campus course via Skype video on a laptop computer. Your course companion will bring and setup the laptop for each class session, where you will be able to participate as if you were in the classroom live.

Please note the following conditions:
1. If you are a non-Idaho resident, non-resident fees will apply
2. An on-campus student in the course must agree to assist you with the companion program
3. The instructor of the course must provide their permission for the course companion program
4. The course is live: Participation in the course is on the scheduled days and time (Pacific time)
5. Your participation in the course is on the same conditions as on-campus students
6. For courses with field trip components, students must travel to the campus (regularly scheduled laboratories are not included in the course companion program)

To participate in the course companion program, contact the Director, MNR program.

 

On-campus courses

  Because of the large number of on-campus courses approved for the MNR program, on-campus students in the MNR program have access to a wider range of courses than the suite of online courses. Consult with your graduate advisor to design your study plan of courses that may include on-campus courses and online courses. 

 

Course preparation - Suggested books and journals in tools and technology

Books   Journals
Geographic information systems and mapping
Paul A. Longley, M. Goodchild, D.J. Maguire, D.W. Rhind. 2010. Geographic information systems and science. Wiley.

DeMers, M.N. 2008. Fundamentals of geographical information systems. Wiley.

Reference materials
Allaby, M. 2010. The concise dictionary of ecology. Oxford University Press.

Borror, D.J. 1998. Dictionary of word roots and combining forms. Mayfield Publications.

Fazio, J.R., and D.L. Gilbert. 2000. Public relations and communication for natural resource managers. Kendall Hunt.

Jurin, R.R., D. Roush, and K.J. Danter. 2010. Environmental communication: Skills and principles for natural resource managers, Scientists, and Engineers. Second Edition. Springer.

Lincoln, R.J., G.A. Boxhall, and P.F. Clark. A dictionary of ecology, evolution and systematics. Cambridge University Press.

Dunster, J., and K. Dunster. 1996. Dictionary of natural resource management. CABI.

Williams, T. 2005. A dictionary of the roots and combining forms of scientific words. LuLu.

Scientific method and experimental designs
Ford, E. D. 2000. Scientific method for ecological research. Cambridge University Press.

Gauch, H. G. 2003. Scientific method in practice. Cambridge University Press.

Scientific writing, units, and the graphical display of scientific data
Taylor, B.N. 1995. Guide for use of the International System of Units (SI). NIST.

CBE Style Manual. Seventh edition. Council of Biology Editors.

Charland, M.B. 2002. SigmaPlot 2000/2001 for scientists. Riparian House.

Huff, D. 1954. How to lie with statistics. W.W. Norton & Company.

Gigerenzer, G. 2002. Calculated risks: How to know when numbers deceive you. Simon & Schuster.

Monmonier, M. 1996. How to lie with maps. Second edition. The University of Chicago Press.

Salisbury, F.B. 1996. Units, symbols, and terminology for plant physiology. Oxford University Press.

Tuffe, E.R. 2008. The cognitive style of PowerPoint: Pitching out corrupts within. Second Edition. Graphics Press.

Tufte, E.R. 2001. The visual display of quantitative information. Second edition. Graphics Press, Cheshire.

  Journal of GIS Trends
Journal of Public Relations Research
Journal of Remote Sensing & GIS
Nature
Public Understanding of Science
Science
Science Communication
Transactions in GIS

Organizations & Research
National Science Foundation
University of Idaho Library

USDA
USDA Plant Database
World Factbook

Software
ArcView by ESRI. Comprehensive computer software for geographical information and mapping.

SigmaPlot by Systat. A comprehensive computer software program for designing scientific graphs suitable for journal and book publication.

Systat. A comprehensive statistical software package for scientists.

 

 

 

Enrollment procedures
Selection criteria for MNR program Registration procedures Resources

 
Five credits minimum per program category
You may select any courses within a particular program category to meet the minimum five-credit requirement. However, e highly recommend that you vary your course selection for a good balance of topics within a program category.

Transfer courses & alternative courses
Alternate courses may be substituted or transferred from other institutions into your MNR program with prior approval of your graduate advisor. Any such courses must meet the focus and objectives of the particular MNR program category.

  Non-University of Idaho students
Register as a non-degree student
Admission requirements: Non-degree student
Information: Graduate Admissions | Contact
 
UI course schedule
UI Course catalog
 
University of Idaho students Fees
If you cannot register for the course directly,
send your University of Idaho student ID number
to the professor so that your registration profile
can be revised to allow enrollment.
No out-of-state tuition fees are assessed for online courses at the University of Idaho as long as you only enroll in online courses. There is a course support fee in addition to the normal in-state fees. If you enroll in both online and on-campus courses at the University of Idaho, out-of-state tuition fees will apply.

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