The goal of this one-credit field-based course is to introduce students to the field of ecological restoration (the process of assisting in the recovery of degraded ecosystems) through trips to local and regional restoration experiments, and to foster active engagement in local restoration projects in and around Missoula, Montana. The course is meant to inspire students to pursue an undergraduate degree in natural resource management, and to help them integrate undergraduate coursework with real-world activities.
This three-credit interdisciplinary undergraduate course provides an overview of the natural and social science elements of ecological restoration, including the ecological foundations of restoration, restoration goals and practices in terrestrial and aquatic habitats, philosophical and ethical challenges involved, and current restoration initiatives in Montana and the United States. Saturday field trips are required.
This three-credit advanced ecology course covers the primary ecological theories that inform the practice of ecological restoration. Topics covered include the dynamic nature of ecological systems, plant-soil bioregulation, food web dynamics, population dynamics and metapopulation theory, and statistical issues and study design.
This five-credit service learning course covers the nuts and bolts of planning, implementing, and monitoring restoration projects on terrestrial sites and in aquatic systems. Students develop a restoration or monitoring plan for a local management agency or organization.
The goal of this variable-credit hands-on practicum is for students to gain real-world experience in the practice of ecological restoration. Students will design and implement aspects of a restoration plan for a CFC-maintained property (e.g. Lubrecht, Bandy Ranch), private entity, nonprofit group, management agency or other sponsor. Prior to registering for the practicum, students must have a faculty-approved practicum proposal, developed in collaboration with a potential sponsor (ideally this will be done within the context of FOR444 Integrative Ecological Restoration). Students will only be able to register after faculty approval of the proposal.
This one-credit seminar provides a forum for students to share the results of restoration projects conducted through FOR445 Ecological Restoration Practicum. Each student will lead at least one seminar during the semester.
This three-credit, student-driven, graduate research seminar explores current topics in the theory and practice of restoration. Students will develop and implement a collaborative research project related to a current problem in restoration ecology or ecological restoration.