This is a unique graduate-level course designed to provide students with a fundamental understanding of ecological principles as applied to current natural resource management issues, such as invasive species management or fostering healthy forests. Natural resources ecology is complex, with interacting processes controlled by a range of variables, all of which are in constant flux. This course arms students with the essential knowledge to tackle natural resources challenges in a changing world.
This course provides an introduction to sampling designs and their implementation and analysis for inventory and monitoring of forests, rangelands, wetlands and streams. Students will develop a solid understanding of the basic concepts of quantitative analysis and their application to the management of natural resources; design sampling strategies to characterize various natural resources (e.g., forests, rangelands, watersheds, streams); strengthen their ability to frame and formulate management decision problems based on information obtained from sampling; and interpret and evaluate data that relates natural resources management and processes. Development of computing skills for data entry, storage and analysis and the application of statistical techniques to answer questions relating to natural resource issues will also be addressed.
The national governments in the U.S. and globally are major sponsors of economic development projects that have significant impacts on the environment. The National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 mandates that all federally---sponsored projects that significantly impact the quality of the human Environment must go through a detailed analysis of those impacts. The NEPA model has been replicated in many state and local policies, and around the world. At the core of NEPA is the analysis of environmental impacts, using certain analytical standards and requirements. The purpose of this class is to examine in detail the purpose, goals, and results of NEPA, and the analytical requirements and standards of environmental impact analysis. The course will incorporate real---world case studies, including local projects. An underlying theme is the role of science in environmental policy, with a special focus on renewable natural resource management settings.
NR 568 – Economics of Forests, Restoration and Fire
Natural resources generate economic benefits, both from "provisioning" services like timber and grazing, and "regulating" services like stable fire regimes and water quality. Strategies for supplying these services vary across public and private land owners. Production theory is explored to understand these strategies, at first within the context of the timber market and then applied to land restoration/maintenance. This course will review basic microeconomic principles using examples of ecosystem services.
This seminar begins with a review of tools needed to succeed in online academia and quickly segues into a forum for exploring current natural resource stewardship issues. Students will investigate issues of professional ethics in academia and in natural resources management, build their professional networks, and be exposed to different professions and opportunities within the natural resources field.