Student-Originated Studies: Ecology of Grazing and Grasslands (remote/in-person*)

Spring 2021
Olympia
Day
Freshman - Senior
Class Size: 25
16 Credits per quarter
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This academically rigorous Student-Originated Studies program will provide students with the fundamental tools to manage livestock and grasslands by exploring the ecological relationships between ruminants and the land. Based on student academic background, knowledge, and topic interest, a wide variety of subjects can be explored through collaboration with faculty and fellow students.  Common areas of study are:

Prior to registration, students will need to discuss their planned course of study with faculty, provide clear learning objectives, and a develop a plan for assessing learning and mastery of subjects.

Students will need access to a computer and internet for synchronous activities. Synchronous meeting times will depend on the nature of the work proposed.

  • Physiology of grasses and their response to grazing and fire
  • Practical forage identification, morphology, and production
  • Ruminant nutrition, foraging behavior, and digestive physiology
  • Practical aspects of establishing, assessing, and managing livestock rotational grazing operations
  • Ecological assessments of energy flow and nutrient cycling in grassland systems
  • Rangeland monitoring and grazing plan development
  • Targeted and multi-species grazing
  • Prairie ecology and restoration
  • Interactions between wildlife and domestic ruminants
  • Analysis of large-scale livestock production systems
  • Controversies in public-land grazing, wolf-livestock conflict, wild horse management.

*Individually designed projects may have in-person components. Students should make sure to discuss this with the faculty. 

Registration

Spring 2021 Registration

Signature Required

Students/groups of students will need to discuss their planned course of study with faculty, provide clear learning objectives, and develop a plan for assessing learning and mastery of subjects, prior to registration. Contact faculty via email parosm@evergreen.edu

Course Reference Numbers

(16): 30316

Academic details

Credits
16
Maximum Enrollment
25
Class Standing
Freshman
Sophomore
Junior
Senior
Upper Division Science Credit

Students seeking to earn upper division credit must contact the faculty to discuss options prior to the start of the quarter.

Schedule

Time Offered
Day
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Location
Olympia