ESCI 328

Students identifying trees

Introduction to Ecosystem Management

Winter Quarter (5 Credits)

Course Description

How can concepts like ecosystem integrity, stewardship, biodiversity preservation, and adaptive management be applied by resource managers? How should human resource needs be balanced with ecologically resilient systems and how should competing these societal goals be balanced?

These are questions become more pressing every year as population demands on resources increase. Agencies like the US Park Service and Forest Service and others must find the balance between ecological preservation and human resource needs.

This interdisciplinary course emphasizes building resilient socio-ecological systems and examines: identification of non-market ecosystem values required of ecosystem management: site specific inventory and assessment of resource values: methods of collecting, storing, displaying and interpretation of resource data: and the use of GIS as a resource management tool. 

Student Learning Objectives:

By the end of this course, you will be able to 1) understand the interdisciplinary background that underlies ecosystem management, 2) use GIS and other digital systems to display and analyze data, 3) collect ground reference data, 4) organize and analyze the data collected 5) understand sustainable forest and range management strategies 6) engage in the active learning and project development required in professional life