Courses

Urban Ecology - NATR 5050/6050

3 credit hours, Fall semester (even years only)

The world has become increasingly urban with roughly half the population living in urban areas. In many areas, urban land use has severely altered other ecosystems connected on the landscape. It is also understood that urban areas themselves have distinct ecological processes and attributes.This course will introduce students to this emerging field through a combination of lectures, guest speakers, readings from the literature, and course projects. 

 

Wetland Ecology and Management - NATR 5250/6250

3 credit hours, Spring semester

Wetlands are important components to the landscape because of their ability to store flood waters, improve water quality, and provide valuable wildlife habitat. Because of their value, wetlands have become protected around the country by Federal, state, and sometimes local laws. Wetlands are often managed extensively to enhance their value to society. This course will provide an overview of wetland ecology, various wetland ecosystem types, and explore how wetlands are managed. 

 

Watershed Management - NATR 4240

3 credit hours, Spring semester, Co-instructed by Dr. Latif Kalin

An understanding of how water moves through the environment is necessary for effective water management. This course will introduce students to the watershed concept and its implications with respect to land management. The course will cover various hydrological processes, how they are quantified, land management practices, and the policies related to water quality and quantity.

 

Watershed Services: The ecology, business, politics, and social impacts of managing inland water systems - NATR 5140/6140

2 credit hours, Fall semester (even years only), Co-instructed with Dr. Wayde Morse and Dr. Quint Newcomer (UGA)

This class provides students an opportunity to thoroughly examine the environmental services that watersheds provide, their connection to human well-being and livelihoods, and the market mechanism and payment programs designed to provide incentives for their maintenance. Specific focus will be on the environmental service payment program in Costa Rica and the multitude of ways that markets have been arranged for paying for these services.