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Landscape Ecology BIOE 451
Monday, July 06, 2020, 8:00 AM to Friday, July 17, 2020, 5:00 PM EDT
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Location (Field Station): Flathead Lake Biological Station, Montana, USA

Course Description: M–F, Full Day, 3 Credits 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 will 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 will 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 the biological and earth sciences. Students will analyze and interpret data through analyses and written presentations.
Instructor – Dr. Solomon Dobrowski, U of Montana


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Contact: Marie Kohler [email protected]