Restoration Ecology (Biol 482)
Great Lakes Campus - Summer Session II
Ecological and theoretical foundations for ecosystem, community, and species level restoration. This course develops ecological principles for restoration and connects them to our faith-based emphasis on being redeemers of creation (II Cor 5). Field studies include analysis of restoration and rehabilitation work with the Kirtland Warbler, local rivers, coastal dunes, kettle-hole bogs, deforested lands, abandoned oil wells, as well as a full day field trip to engage urban restoration in practice. Practical field skills are emphasized through a class project during which a degraded area around Au Sable is made available for the students to develop and implement their own restoration plan. Prerequisite: one year of biology and one course in ecology or field biology, or permission of professor. Field, Applied.
Professor: Dr. Dave Warners
Meets: Wednesday & Saturday
- How creation care, and in particular restoration ecology can be a physical, tangible expression of our faith commitment.
- How to recognize and assess degraded ecosystems and how to understand the disturbance(s) that contributed to its degradation.
- How to develop and implement plans to restore degraded ecosystems.
- Reading a landscape for its natural quality and/or level of degradation.
- How to recognize native and invasive species and important information the presence or absence of species can contribute to an understanding of the history of a particular site.
- Practical methods that will help to heal a degraded ecosystem and bring back some of its former functionality and beauty
- Hands-on experience in restoration ecology through an applied restoration project throughout the duration of the course
- Field Measurements of Discharge
- Hartwick Pines State Park
- Oil well sites in the vicinity of Au Sable Institute
- Kirtland’s Warbler habitat - endangered species restoration
- Grayling and Au Sable River restoration work
- Grand Rapids and Plaster Creek Stewards restoration work
- On-campus field restoration project site