Restoration ecology is a relatively new discipline that integrates principles from ecology, engineering, economics, landscape architecture, and select social sciences to repair ecosystems that have been degraded, damaged, or destroyed. The goal is to restore the structure of biological communities and the ecological functions and ecosystems services they provide in systems that have been compromised - usually by some form of human activity. This course will cover advanced topics in ecological restoration for graduate students (M.L.A., M.S. and Ph.D.) who see themselves as practicing or participating in restoration projects during their careers. Using a combining of lectures, readings, field trips, and project work, we will cover the conceptual and theoretical foundations that underlie restoration efforts, and link these to the real-world application of principles used in past and ongoing restoration projects. We will take advantage of projects ongoing in Michigan and the upper Midwest to reinforce class principles.
Pass/Fail or S/U optional
Senior or Graduate Standing.