|Online courses in ecology and related disciplines:Ecology Sociological Policy Skills|
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|Advanced Fish Physiology (WLF 504-1, 1 credits)|
|Current topics in the physiological mechanisms regulating fish growth and nutrient utilization.|
Professor Brian Small | 208-885-9096 |
Delivery method: Video conference - live | Fall semester
|Climatology (GEOG 401, 3 credits)|
|Physical basis for climatic processes and patterns; mechanics of global atmospheric circulation; radiation balance and heat budget of the earth; models of weather patterns and climate.|
Dr. John Abatzoglou | | Spring semester
|Conservation Biology (WLF 440, 3 credits)|
|Patterns of biological diversity, factors producing changes in diversity, values of diversity, management principles applied to small populations, protected areas, landscape linkages, biotic integrity, restoration, terrestrial, marine, and freshwater conservation, legal issues, and large landscape conservation. The course includes, lectures, homework assignments, and participation in a debate with your fellow students on a conservation biology topic chosen by the class.|
|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.|
|Ecology (NR 321, 3 credits)|
|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.|
|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.|
|Graduate seminar (WLF 506-2, 1 credit)|
|A seminar series with invited speakers on a variety of topics in wildlife sciences.|
Courtney Conway | 208-885-6176 |
Delivery method: Video conference - live | Fall and spring semester
|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.|
|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.|
|Introduction to Restoration Ecology (REM 280-2, 2 credits)|
History and overview of the ecological, social, and
economic aspects of wildland restoration using case studies.
Students will explore approaches and philosophies towards restoring
and rehabilitating wildlands that have been damaged through natural
forces and human activities such as wildfire, overgrazing,
cultivation, and weed invasion.
Professor Charles Goebel | 208-885-7592 | Delivery method:
Video conference - live | Spring 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.|
|Landscape Genetics Lab (WLF 562, 1 credit)|
This optional lab course is a complement to WLF561
Landscape genetics and should be taken concurrently. Students will
learn to analyze and interpret landscape genetic datasets using a
variety of methods. If taken for two credits, students will do a
project analyzing landscape genetic data. Recommended Preparation:
Population genetics or conservation genetics, and multivariate or
spatial statistics. Cooperative: open to WSU degree-seeking
|Large River Fisheries (FISH 515, 2 credits)|
|Management issues and problems in large river fisheries in North America and globally; importance of flood plains; ecological bases for management actions in large rivers; river fisheries in the context of multiple use of large rivers.|
Professor Dennis Scarnecchia | 208-885-5981 | Delivery method:
Video conference - live | Fall semester
|Principles of Plant Pathology (PlSc 415, 3 credits)|
|Principles of Plant Pathology will be presented with emphasis on the concepts and terminology related to Plant Pathology including disease cycles, classification of pathogens, symptoms, causes, disease development, and control of plant diseases. This will be accomplished with the presentation of general and specific examples. Diagnosis and control of specific diseases will not be a focus of the class. Student Learning Outcomes: (1) Use discipline specific terminology appropriately, (2) recognize, define and differentiate causes of plant diseases, (3) recognize, define and differentiate types of plant diseases, (4) integrate knowledge of plant and pathogen biology and their interaction with environment to implement disease control practices, and (5) value the role and presence of plant disease in the environment around us.|
|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.|
|Systematic Botany (REM 341, 3 credits)|
|Phylogenetic approach to understanding plant systematics and evolution with a primary focus on the flora of the Pacific Northwest and northern Great Basin of North America. Includes identification of important plant families and the use of dichotomous keys for species identification, especially during lab and field assignments. Students will be required to test their knowledge by providing a plant collection as one of their final projects.|
|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.|
|Wildland Plant Identification (REM 252, 2 credits)|
Develop skills to identify and classify major
rangeland plants. Focus is on identification of grasses, forbs, and
shrubs. Discussions will also encompass the ecological roles of
wildland plants and the ecosystem classification. This course
includes a 1-day field trip. Required for students majoring in
rangeland ecology and management.
|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.
The ecological restoration of disturbed ecosystems. Fundamental principles from ecology, ecophysiology, and community ecology are used in a systems ecology approach to examine how the structure and function of damaged ecosystems can be restored – with the goal of establishing a stable and self-sustaining ecosystem.
Archibold, O.W. 1995. Ecology of world vegetation.
First edition. Chapman & Hall.
M. G., J. H. Burk, W. D. Pitts, F. S. Gilliam, and M. W. Schwartz.
1999. Terrestrial plant ecology. Third edition. Benjamin/Cummings
Odum, H.T., and E.C. Odum. 2000. Modelling for all
scales: An introduction to system simulation. Academic Press.
Smith, T.M., and R.K. Smith. 2012. Elements of ecology. Eighth
|Science of ecology
Journal of Ecology
Journal of Animal Ecology
The American Naturalist
American Fisheries Society
Forest Ecology & Management
Journal of Applied Ecology
Journal of Wildlife Management
Rangeland Ecology & Management
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
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|Environmental Philosophy (ENVS 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.|
|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.|
|Moral Reasoning in Natural Resources (NR 507, 3 credits)|
|We will explore the practical aspects of moral reasoning of 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 natural resources.|
|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.|
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
Munier, N. 2006. Introduction to sustainability: Road to a better
Sustainability: The Journal of Record
Journal of Human Ecology
Journal of Leisure Studies
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|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.|
|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.
|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
|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.|
|NEPA Policy and Practice (NRS 404, 3 credits)|
|Review of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA 1970)|
|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.|
|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.
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 Studies Journal
Governmental & other resources
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|Advanced Fire Behavior (FOR 557, 3 credits)|
|Understand the processes that control fire behavior in forest and rangelands, including combustion, emissions and heat release, and related fire effects. Use theory and advanced knowledge with scientific literature and case studies to critically assess the assumptions and limitations of limitations of surface and crown fire models, including the varying influences of fuels, terrain, and environmental conditions.|
|Air Quality, Pollution, and Smoke (FOR 554 or 454, 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.|
|Emerging Media Outreach in Natural Resources (NR 504-1, 3 credits)|
|The future of media is now. With more organizations utilizing online media to share information, learn the necessary skills to thrive in this evolving environment. This course introduces students to basic media skills in photography, audio, video, microblogging, social media, content management, basic coding — and blog on a topic of their choice. Students will explore and share their field experience through a variety of media, and 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 for novice to advanced media users.|
|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.|
|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.|
|LIDAR Remote sensing (NRS 504/404, 3 credits)|
|Lidar remote sensing is a state-of-the-art technology that is becoming widely used in many research applications. This new class will teach you everything you need to know about lidar technology, research, and applications. Learn how to visualize, process lidar point cloud data, build terrain and canopy height models and establish statistical models. We will use open source software including R-statistical language and FUSION/LDV. This class is entirely online and includes a chance to develop your own lidar project with the many datasets available (including terrestrial and drone lidar data). Projects can include: data visualization, biomass estimation, fuel load estimation, species classification, streambed hydrology, and more. Students are encouraged to choose a project that is close to their own interests.|
|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).|
|Preparing Scientific Manuscripts (NR 511-2, 1 credit)|
|Details the preparation of
manuscripts for thesis chapters and submission to peer-reviewed
journals. Exercises include identifying scope, unique requirements
for manuscript parts, use of graphing and reference database tools,
editing and peer reviewing. Two 75 min classes per week, first half
of semester. Second half of semester involves weekly writing
workshops to finalize projects. Entry into class requires possession
of analyzed dataset.
|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.|
|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.|
|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)|
|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.|
|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.|
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.
Jurin, R.R., D. Roush, and K.J. Danter. 2010.
Environmental communication: Skills and principles
for natural resource managers, Scientists, and Engineers. Second
Scientific method and experimental designs
Scientific writing, units, and the graphical display of
Journal of Public Relations Research
Journal of Remote Sensing & GIS
Public Understanding of Science
Transactions in GIS
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.
|Registration and enrollment procedures|
|For course transcripts, please contact the University of Idaho Registrar's office (208-885-6731) to have your transcript sent to your institution. Note that the Registrar's office does not finalize course grades until all courses are completed at the end of each semester, and thus your official course transcript may not be sent until then.||
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