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Forest and Wildlife Ecology 565
Spring 2009
(cross-listed with Zoology, Landscape Architecture)


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Dr. David J. Mladenoff, Dept. of Forest & Wildlife Ecology, A131 Russell Labs, 262-1992, email:

Course Details


Format: Lecture/discussion.  2/week.  2 credits.  T, R  9:55-10:45.


Prerequisites:  Junior standing, and an ecology lab course beyond the introductory level, such as Botany/Zoology 460 General Ecology, or Forestry 550 Forest Ecosystems, and a statistics course. Note: This course, or similar experience, is recommended as a prerequisite for ZOOLOGY/FOREST 879, Advanced Landscape Ecology.


Description:  The intent of the course is to explore the principles of landscape ecology as a framework for landscape research, analysis and management.  The course will first develop definitions and concepts of landscape ecology as a framework for understanding and managing landscapes.  Landscape ecology provides new approaches to fundamental research questions in ecology, as well as new approaches to forest and resource management that consider ecosystem processes at larger spatial and temporal scales. The course is expected to be useful to graduate students and senior undergraduates in natural resources, ecology, conservation biology, landscape architecture, geography, land use planning, and other fields.

Students will explore the concepts, methods, and applications of landscape ecology with 1) class lectures by the instructor and recognized experts in particular subject areas, 2) reading and discussion of literature representative of research in the field, and 3) completion of hands-on exercises designed to provide experience with some of the quantitative tools of landscape ecology.

The texts for the course are
Landscape Ecology in Theory and Practice, M. Turner, R. Gardner, & R. O’Neill; Springer-Verlag 2001. Learning Landscape Ecology, S. Gergel & M. Turner, eds.; Springer, 2003.  Recommended: Foundation Papers in Landscape Ecology, J. Wiens, M. Moss, M. Turner, D. Mladenoff; Columbia, 2006.  They will be available at the University Bookstore and Textbook Underground.  The Foundations book is strongly recommended since it contains several readings not available elsewhere.  We will probably use only 2-3 exercises from the lab book, Learning Landscape Ecology.

Evaluation:  Grades will be based on two group lab exercises and presentations (20%), an exam late in the course (50%); and participation in class (30%).

Full participation in class, attendance, and timely arrival are expected. Class participation means both during regular classes as well as discussion days that are spaced over the semester.  For these discussion classes, you should come with three discussion questions to offer and lead from the material covered in class from that section, both lecture and readings. These questions should show that you are thinking about and integrating the lectures and readings. These should be typed, double-spaced. Time will not allow us to cover all of them, but they should be handed in at the end of the discussion class. Always come to class prepared by having completed the readings. I will periodically call on people both in regular classes and discussion days, as well as ask for questions or volunteers for discussion.

Few excuses are considered an adequate reason for missing or delaying an exam. One letter grade reduction per day in the exam grade will result from delayed or missed exams that are not pre-approved.






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