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LANDSCAPE ECOLOGY, BIOE 451, M-F Full Day, 3 credits
Tuesday, July 09, 2019, 8:00 AM to Saturday, July 20, 2019, 5:00 PM EDT
Category: Course

Location (Field Station):
Flathead Lake Biological Station, University of Montana, east shore of Flathead Lake, Northwest Montana, USA

Course Description:
Prerequisites: One year of college-level biology, chemistry, and mathematics, and an ecology course (BIOE 342 Field Ecology at FLBS) or equivalents; or consent of instructor. The objective of this course is to understand the physical and ecological processes that shape landscapes, how these biological and physical processes interact, and how they are responding to global change. We will examine how plants and animals are distributed across landscapes, how the physical template of the environment shapes species distributions and how biotic feedbacks can influence the physical environment. We will examine processes of pattern formation in the environment such as disturbance from fire and how landscape pattern can affect both physical and biological processes. Field trips will underscore concepts and allow data gathering and interpretation by students. Students are introduced to both satellite and airborne remote-sensing tools used in a GIS environment. Students will analyze and interpret spatially explicit data through analyses and oral presentations. Instructor – Dr. Solomon Dobrowski, U of Montana (

Web Address of Course Info:

Contact: Marie Kohler, [email protected]