Credit: 3 graduate
Instructor(s): Scott Powell
This course focuses on the principals and applications of landscape and ecosystem
ecology. Students will gain an understanding of the forces that shape landscape patterns
in space and time and the subsequent consequences for ecosystem processes. An important
component of the course is an exploration of the methods and tools of landscape and
ecosystem analysis. The content of the course is based on a combination of readings
from textbooks and the primary literature and will hinge on detailed student/instructor
interactions via online discussion. In addition, students will be expected to develop
a rigorous analytical term-project motivated by a relevant question and the availability
of data sets.
Meeting Place and Times
Participants log in to the course at a time of day that best fits their schedule.
It is necessary to connect at least 4 - 6 times per week and spend 8 - 10 hours per
week while the course is in session, either online or offline working on course related
assignments, to stay current and successfully complete this 3 credit graduate course.
Scott Powell, PhD. Scott is an Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Land
Resources and Environmental Sciences, and is affiliated with the Spatial Sciences
Center. His research focuses on the use of geospatial data to characterize landscape
patterns and ecosystem processes. The overarching theme of his research is the quantification
and monitoring of carbon sequestration at broad spatial and temporal scales, including
forest ecosystems, dryland agricultural systems, and human-engineered geologic sequestration
sites. His research relies on the integration of remote sensing imagery (both satellite
and airborne), GIS, GPS, and field data.
General biology, General Ecology, General Statistics
Working professionals who want to increase their knowledge in the topic. Students
in the MS in Land Resources Environmental Sciences - online degree program.
10-12 hours per week. If you are unfamiliar with this field of study and/or method
of delivery, you may require more time.
Tuition and Fees
See the Online Tuition, Fees and Financial Aid page.
If you are also taking a face-to-face course, please refer to the MSU Fee Schedules.
- Landscape Ecology in Theory and Practice: Pattern and Process, 2nd Ed.
Author(s): Monica Turner and Robert Gardner
Publisher: Springer, 2015
Hardcover ISBN: 9781493927937
Paperback ISBN: 9781493938186
Price $65 new hardcover, $71 new paperback at Amazon.com
- Learning Landscape Ecology
Author(s): Sarah E. Gergel and Monica Turner
Publisher: Springer, 2015
ebook ISBN: 978-1-4939-6374-4
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4939-6372-0
Price $70 ebook, $90 new paperback at Springer
- Internet access
- A device and browser that pass the system check for Brightspace LE, MSU's learning management system.
This course uses a learning management system. You will learn more closer to the course
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How to Register
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