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Disturbance Ecology (RENR 440/732) (Fall Term, 3 Credits)

Undergraduate and graduate course. The course objective is to present a broad array of topics related to the natural and anthropogenic disturbances occurring in both natural (aquatic or terrestrial), and altered/managed (agricultural fields, agroforestry, or tar sands) ecosystems. Students analyze and discuss disturbances occurring on these environments and evaluate their impacts on the spatial and temporal patterns of ecosystem functions across landscape. They examine the similarities and differences between natural and anthropogenic disturbances to better understand the contributions of humans to present disturbance regimes. Students are encouraged to participate in lectures and discussions and to provide their thoughts and opinions throughout the semester.

For further details, please see the syllabus for the 2016 Fall Term.

Forest Health (RENR 447/747) (Winter Term, 3 Credits)

The course objective is to introduce students to major forest insects and diseases and their impacts on forests. The focus is largely insects and fungal diseases occurring in western Canada but we also look at forest health issues of national and global importance such invasive insects. Students learn the biology and ecology of major forest insects and diseases while also evaluating forest management strategies including prevention and control. Basic entomology (classification, structure and function), biology and damage of main forest pests, and approaches to insect pest management are also covered. The major classes of tree diseases are covered, with emphasis on principles of plant pathology, disease cycles, disease symptoms/signs, ecological services, and disease management.

For further details, please see the syllabus for the 2017 Winter Term.