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Monday, July 04, 2022, 8:00 AM to Friday, July 15, 2022, 5:00 PM EST
Category: Course

Course Name:
LANDSCAPE ECOLOGY, BIOE 451, 3 credits, Monday–Friday full days

Location (Field Station):
Flathead Lake Biological Station, University of Montana, east shore of Flathead Lake, Montana, USA

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Course Description:
Prerequisites: One year of college-level biology, chemistry, and mathematics, and an ecology course or consent of instructor. Introduction to the physical and ecological processes shaping landscapes, how these biological and physical processes interact, and how they are responding to global change. We examine how plants and animals are distributed across landscapes, how the physical template of the environment shapes species distributions and how biotic feedbacks can influence the physical environment. Processes of pattern formation in the environment such as disturbance from fire and how landscape pattern can affect both physical and biological processes will be examined. Field trips underscore concepts and allow data gathering and interpretation by students. Students are introduced to geospatial technologies such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and the use of R, a data analysis and visualization platform, which has become the standard in tbiological and earth sciences. Students analyze and interpret data through analyses and written presentations. Instructor – Dr. Solomon Dobrowski, U of Montana (

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Contact (Name and email):
Marie Kohler [email protected] 406-872-4515

Contact: Marie Kohler [email protected] 406-872-4515