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Winter Academic Term 2003 Graduate Course Guide

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Winter Academic Term, 2003 (January 6 - April 25)

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ENVIRON 403 / HISTART 403 / NRE 403. History of Human Interaction with the Land.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Elizabeth A Brabec (ebrabec@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: Upperclass standing. (3). Laboratory fee ($30) required. May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($30) required.

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/winter/nre/403/001.nsf

This course will survey the design and management of human settlements and their surrounding landscapes throughout history. The range of examples and sites will be viewed within the context of the cultural, political, social, and environmental forces that shaped them, and also their lingering effect on 20th-century perceptions of the landscape.

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ENVIRON 408 / NRE 408. Wetlands Ecology.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Douglas A Wilcox

Prerequisites: One course in ecology. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course emphasizes the role of wetlands as a component of ecosystems, landscapes, and global biogeochemical cycles. The science and management of wetland ecosystems provides a framework to discuss the importance of wetlands as a sustainable resource for water quantity and quality, wildlife habitat, and preservation of natural areas.

Terminology, classification, functions, values, hydrology, biogeochemistry; biological adaptations; development, succession, vegetation fauna; habitat relationship, peatlands, Great Lakes coastal wetlands, managment and restoration.

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ENVIRON 409 / EEB 487 / NRE 409. Ecology of Fishes.

Section 003 This section for student electing LEC only, and grad students. [3 Credits]. Meets with Environ 409.001.

Instructor(s): Edward S Rutherford (edwardr@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: One course in ecology. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://www.umich.edu/~nre409/

See Environment 409.001.

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ENVIRON 418 / NRE 418. Biology and Management of Insects.

Section 001 [4 credits]. Meets with ENVIRON 418.005.

Instructor(s): John A Witter

Prerequisites: Module 1: 2 credits; modules 1 and 2: 3 credits, or modules 1, 2, and 3: 4 credits. Module 1: 2 credits; modules 1 and 2: 3 credits, or modules 1, 2, and 3: 4 credits. ENVIRON 418 must be elected for a minimum of 4 credits to meet the requirement for an applied ecology course, and a minimum of 3 credits to satisfy the Resource Management Requirement or be included in the REM Concentration. May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: Module 1: 2 credits; modules 1 and 2: 3 credits, or modules 1, 2, and 3: 4 credits.

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Introduction to systems, problems, and current topics of the insect world. Examines relationships of insects to woody plants, other animals, their environment, and each other. Systematically and integratively examines pests of functional plant parts. Selected topics: insect structure and function, adapted features, IPM, control techniques, and insects and their impacts in a variety of ecosystems.

Course is divided into 3 modules:

  1. concepts of insect biology and management [2 credits; required of all students],
  2. interactions in three landscape ecosystems: aquatic, forest, and agricultural [1 credit; optional], and
  3. lab, emphasizing identification of insects and field trips [1 credit; optional].

Students select module 1 only for 2 credits, modules 1 and 2 only for 3 credits, or modules 1, 2, and 3 for 4 credits.

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ENVIRON 418 / NRE 418. Biology and Management of Insects.

Section 005 [2 credits]. Meets with ENVIRON 418.001.

Instructor(s): John A Witter

Prerequisites: Module 1: 2 credits; modules 1 and 2: 3 credits, or modules 1, 2, and 3: 4 credits. Module 1: 2 credits; modules 1 and 2: 3 credits, or modules 1, 2, and 3: 4 credits. ENVIRON 418 must be elected for a minimum of 4 credits to meet the requirement for an applied ecology course, and a minimum of 3 credits to satisfy the Resource Management Requirement or be included in the REM Concentration. May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: Module 1: 2 credits; modules 1 and 2: 3 credits, or modules 1, 2, and 3: 4 credits.

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See Environment 418.001.

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ENVIRON 420 / NRE 420. Principles of Geographic Information Systems.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Daniel G Brown

Prerequisites: ENVIRON 239 or graduate standing. (4). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~danbrown/nre420/

The goals of this course are to provide a firm understanding of the issues that affect the use of GIS for application, research, and planning in natural resources. You will learn to conceptualize and implement geographic data management and analysis for research and application.

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ENVIRON 425 / EEB 496 / NRE 425. Population Ecology.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): James Edward Breck (breck@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: General ecology and calculus; and ENVIRON 438; experience with computer spreadsheets desired. (4). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://www.snre.umich.edu/NRE425/

A quantitative second course in ecology in which principles of population ecology (single and multiple species) are examined from both theoretical and applied viewpoints. Principles will be examined using a wide range of organisms. Many applications of population ecology will be considered, including: conservation of long-lived species, harvest optimization, biological control, biology of introduced and invading species, biodiversity, island biogeography, metapopulations, and ecological risk assessment. Computer applications will use spreadsheets and mathematical software.

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ENVIRON 441 / NRE 441. Remote Sensing of the Environment.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Kathleen Mary Bergen

Prerequisites: ENVIRON 239 or upperclass standing. (4). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/winter/nre/441/001.nsf

This is an introductory interdisciplinary remote sensing course. Students will learn the theory, sensors, analysis methods, and applications of environmental remote sensing. Specifically students will learn fundamentals of electromagnetic radiation and its interaction with earth terrain. Students will learn:

  • sensor systems, including both optical and microwave
  • remote sensing image characteristics, measurement, and analysis methods
  • applications problem analysis to determine which remote sensing systems can supply needed data, and cost-effective approaches to environmental problem solution.

Course instructors and student groups present case studies from fields such as forestry/forest ecology, agriculture, archeology, conservation biology, geology, mapping, ocean science, pollution detection, urban, vegetation damage, wildlife habitat assessments, and watershed ecology.

Two one-hour lectures per week and one four-hour lab. Exams consist of two lecture midterm exams, one lab midterm exam, and a combined final exam. Graded material consists of weekly lab problems or write-ups and one lecture group case study oral presentation.

Course textbook (Lillesand and Keifer), lab course pack, and optional lab text (Jensen), Lab software (ERDAS Imagine).

One required Saturday Field trip. Prerequisite: NRE 239 or Senior Standing.

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ENVIRON 446 / NRE 446. Quantitative Analysis of Ecological Issues.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Jensen

Prerequisites: ENVIRON 438, calculus, and at least Junior standing; PC and some mainframe experience desirable. (4). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Many global environmental problems are studied with mathematical modeling and simulation. In this course concepts and skills for development and exploration of such models are developed by study of case histories. The emphasis is development of concepts and secondarily development of quantitative and computing skills.

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ENVIRON 481 / NRE 481 / EDCURINS 474. Foundations of Environmental Education.

Section 001 [4 credits; 3 credits for Education students].

Instructor(s): Michaela T Zint (zintmich@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: One course in English composition. (4; 3 for School of Education students). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (4; 3 for School of Education students).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/winter/nre/481/001.nsf

Provides a theoretical understanding of the field of environmental education (EE) with special emphasis on relevant human behavior models, guidelines for developing, implementing, and evaluating EE materials/programs, and current issues in EE. Presents opportunity to gain hands-on experience in using popular EE materials and writing grant proposals. Education students should register for 3 credit hours.

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