Much of the world’s inhabitable lands are a mosaic of agricultural and semi-natural landscapes, dotted with human settlements from small towns to mega-cities, and crossed by highways, power lines, and other infrastructure. How can we balance resource use, economic returns, ecosystem services and other priorities in cultural landscapes used by humans over millennia? In LCMD we will examine landscapes as complex socio-ecological systems. You will learn principles of landscape ecology as a scientific basis for conservation and management at the landscape scale. You will read and discuss primary literature from land use planning, conservation, and landscape ecology journals. You will also use a variety of software to get experience in hands-on application of tools and methods to answer questions about conservation, management, and design in and of landscapes. In-person activities will include lectures, seminar, and hands-on computer assignments in the Computer Applications Lab (if available).
GR CRN: 10335