Ecosystem Restoration Design
Instructor: Stew Diemont
Mexico Co-Instructor: Deb Diemont
Meeting times during the Fall:
Fridays time TBA, Baker 432
Open to all upper division and graduate students. In this course, we will explore the science and engineering of ecosystem restoration.
MEXICO Portion of the Course
Begin Fall 2013 semester a wee bit early – spending 14 days in Mexico! We will be traveling throughout Chiapas, Mexico, where we will look at degraded and pristine jungle, streams, cloud forest…visit Mayan villages and climb Mayan temples…meet with Latin American professional experts on restoration and indigenous groups who have restored ecosystems for centuries. You’ll get back on campus before the semester begins. This trip will inform restoration designs that will be part of the class as it continues through the fall semester.
Mexico Trip: 14 days
August 3-August 16 (18th optional), 2013
We’ll be staying in hostels and traveling on public transportation to keep costs low!
Open to all ESF upper division and graduate students. During the semester (when we get back from Mexico), we will continue to explore the state of the science and engineering of ecosystem restoration. We will examine prairie, forest, wetland, stream, lake, coral reef, and urban ecosystems, among others. We will consider how stakeholders are incorporated into ecosystem restoration design, and how culture and government can help in developing a framework for sustainable ecosystem restoration projects. Satisfies a senior engineering elective for ERE students. Satisfies a field course for EFB students.
You will register for Fall semester for this course.
$1400 (includes airfare, instructor airfare and per diem) (i.e., I book purchase your flight)
or $500 (includes instructor airfare and per diem; this option requires that your course group will be choosing this option as well; you will need to arrive in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Mexico and leave on the same as other course participants). (i.e., you purchase your flight)
In country Travel
Budget $50-100 for each day of travel. Last year most students spent closer to $50/day.
So, for our 14 day trip, ~$700 - $1400
US Portion of the Course
We will examine prairie, forest, wetland, stream, lake, coral reef, and urban ecosystems, among others. During each class we will seek to understand the ecosystem, restoration strategies and how we design for those. We will consider how stakeholders are incorporated into ecosystem restoration design, and how culture and government can help in developing a framework for sustainable ecosystem restoration projects.
Everyone will have full uploading access to the course Blackboard site. Every third week, you will be responsible for uploading an article.
Keep a notebook in which you write down ideas about the readings, the class, the project or anything that seems related. I will collect the notebook three times during the semester. You will also evaluate the participation of your classmates three times per semester.
In my experience participation is a key to learning in a course. Show up and get involved in each class. Stay active in your project groups. Write thoughtful comments, ideas, and critiques in your notebooks.
1/3 Participation – both peer and instructor evaluated
After completing this course, you will understand and be able to use ecology and engineering for ecosystem restoration in a variety of contexts. You will able to choose among and use ecosystem restoration strategies that are appropriate for a given environmental and socioeconomic situations. You will be able to explain and discuss the potential role of ecosystem restoration in global society and be able to draw from numerous disciplines to enhance your ecosystem restoration designs.
The course material relates to ABET Criterion Three subparts e, h, and j. You will learn how to apply consistently ecosystem restoration problem solving methodology; you will be able to describe the relationship of ecosystem restoration tools to current problems; and it will address your knowledge of contemporary issues.