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Winter Academic Term 2004 Graduate Course Guide

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Courses in Environment


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Winter Academic Term 2004 (January 6 - April 30)


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). May not be repeated for credit. Laboratory fee ($30) required.

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($30) required.

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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 001 — [4 credits].

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://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2004/winter/nre/409/001.nsf

Covers physiological, behavioral, and numerical responses of fishes to biotic and abiotic factors; the relationship between environmental factors and fish energetics, growth, survival, behavior, and reproduction; adaptations of fish for survival under different environmental constraints in major habitat types.

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

Section 003 — [3 credits].

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://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2004/winter/nre/409/001.nsf

Covers physiological, behavioral, and numerical responses of fishes to biotic and abiotic factors; the relationship between environmental factors and fish energetics, growth, survival, behavior, and reproduction; adaptations of fish for survival under different environmental constraints in major habitat types.

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

Section 001 — [4 CREDITs].

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). May not be repeated for credit. 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.

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 — [2-3 CREDITs].

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). May not be repeated for credit. 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.

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 419 / NRE 419. Agricultural/Forest Pest Management.

Section 001 — [credits?].

Instructor(s): John Witter

Prerequisites: ENVIRON 418 or EEB 442. (1-4). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (1-4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Ecological basis of pest management with emphasis on components and processes of ecosystems, plant and insect herbivore relations, predator and prey interactions, parasites and host interactions, and population dynamics of insects. Fundamental principles and techniques of pest management with emphasis on predators, parasites, diseases, insecticidal and behavioral chemicals, cultural control and host resistance. Effect of insecticides of biological control systems. Current examples in pest management. Special problem assignments to meet the needs of graduate students with diverse backgrounds.

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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/index.html

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): Susan French

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

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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, archaeology, conservation biology, geology, mapping, ocean science, pollution detection, urban, vegetation damage, wildlife habitat assessments, and watershed ecology.

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ENVIRON 451 / EEB 451 / NRE 451. Biology of Mammals.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Philip Myers (pmyers@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: BIOLOGY 162. (4). May not be repeated for credit. Laboratory fee ($75) required.

Credits: (4).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($75) required.

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See EEB 451.001.

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ENVIRON 457 / NRE 457. Plant Physiological Ecology.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): David S Ellsworth

Prerequisites: College-level calculus and a course in ecology (BIOLOGY 281, EEB 381, ENVIRON 330). (4). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2004/winter/nre/457/001.nsf

Examines the physiology of plant environmental responses to understand whole-plant and ecosystem ecology. The focus is on biophysical and biochemical principles relating to plant performance in field environments. Ideas and findings from physiological ecology are applied to topical environmental problems. The laboratory emphasizes tools for investigating ecophysiology in the laboratory and in the field.

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ENVIRON 465 / NRE 465. Environmental Decision Making in Business.

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites: Senior standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2004/winter/nre/465/001.nsf

ENVIRON 465 is an interdisciplinary course designed for LS&A, SNRE, and School of Business Administration seniors. The course focuses on the real-world intersections of business, environmental science, and human behavior and is taught through a variety of methods including: case studies, guest speakers, trips to local businesses and group projects where student teams consult to local businesses regarding the implementation of specific environmental process enhancements. In addition to assessing content knowledge, the various assignments promote specific communication skills to develop students' ability to deliver credible advice to the business community.

In addition to the group assignment, students write a case memorandum, an assessment of an environmental advertisement, and a news story regarding an environmental-business issue. The group assignment requires students to identify ways that local businesses can reduce their environmental impact while increasing their profits. In the past, several businesses have changed their practices based on students' recommendations. Some students have decided to pursue additional degrees in business or environmental/natural resource science after completing this course and have obtained internships and employment with contacts made during the course.

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ENVIRON 476 / EEB 476 / NRE 476. Ecosystem Ecology.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): George W Kling, Don Zak

Prerequisites: General ecology and a 400-level course in Aquatic or Terrestrial Ecology. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2004/winter/eeb/476/001.nsf

Current theories about the control and function of ecosystems, the approaches and techniques being used to test these theories, and the application of theory to the management and restoration of ecosystems.

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