Courses

Forest Health (NR782/882)

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2019

Forests cover over 30% of the land surface of the Earth and are incredibly important ecologically and economically, as well as to the health of the planet.  While forests show great capacity to withstand even major disturbances, these ecosystems are increasingly threatened worldwide by climate change, native and introduced insects and disease, poor management practices, land clearing, drought, fire, and pollution.  This course offers an overview of the dominant threats and their causes and consequences.  Particular focus is directed toward methods of...

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Forest Entomology (NR 506)

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2019

Insects are incredibly important to the structure and function of forests.  This course focuses on the biology, taxonomy and identification of forest insects, approached from both an applied and basic (evolutionary) perspective.  Offered in odd years only.

Hot Topics: Applied Evolution in Managed Systems (NR 993)

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2019

Human efforts to manage populations or ecosystems are often met with evolutionary changes that emerge as a direct response to selective forces that we impose. Examples include the evolution of antibiotic, chemical, or defense gene resistance, changes in virulence of human or agricultural pests or pathogens, altered life history attributes of harvested and/or weedy populations, and many more. Strategies for local and landscape scale management of evolutionary trajectories as well as more direct manipulation of evolutionary processes are becoming...

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