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Faculty: Sarah Hamman, Ph.D., Restoration Ecologist at Center for Natural Lands Management
“Here is the means to end the great extinction spasm. The next century will, I believe, be the era of restoration in ecology.” – E.O. Wilson
The field of restoration ecology is fairly young, relative to other scientific disciplines. However, ecological restoration has occurred throughout human history, as various cultures have initially disrupted and then attempted to recover vital ecosystem services provided by intact, functioning ecosystems. Identifying priority restoration targets for nearly any ecosystem is one of the largest challenges for the conservation community, as it requires a complex understanding of the historical, social, political and ecological influences on restoration success.
This course will explore both the objective and the subjective facets of restoration ecology, including various cultural perspectives on the value of restoration, how economic and political realities influence restoration targets, and the integrated structural and functional components of ecosystems that contribute to the success or failure of any restoration project. Students will have the opportunity to evaluate small- to large-scale restoration projects in the Pacific Northwest and around the world, as well as take part in active ecological restoration.
This course meets on Mondays, 6-10 pm.
Credits per quarter
- Enhanced Online Learning - This offering requires access to web-based tools, but use of these tools does not displace any face-to-face instruction.
$200 fee to cover all expenses for a weekend trip to visit ecological restoration sites.
Class Size: 18
Scheduled for: Evening
Final schedule and room assignments:
First meeting:Monday, September 30, 2019 - 6:00 pm
Located in: Olympia