SENS 200 Intro Ecological Restoration

Prerequisites: GSTR 210 and Permission of Instructor

Summer Course Only

Course Description: Ecological restoration is 'the process of assisting the recovery of an ecosystem that has been degraded, damaged, or destroyed' (Society for Ecological Restoration). Successful ecological restoration requires the direct involvement of the human community that exists as part of the ecosystem and uses the services of the ecosystem. This course will introduce students to the basic principles of successful restoration as they apply these principles during participation in three restoration projects: wetland restoration (Georgetown, Kentucky), revegetation of mountaintop removal mining sites (eastern Kentucky), and restoration of Chesapeake Bay oyster reefs (Maryland). In all cases, the socio-economic context of restoration is closely considered with a view towards learning the skills and knowledge for achieving healthy ecosystems, landscapes and communities.


1 Course Credit