Teaching: University of Minnesota courses

I currently teach Ecological Restoration (fall semester) and Wetlands (spring semester). In the recent past I’ve also taught Conservation Biology, Climate Change Adaptation (Honors Seminar), and Aquatic and Wetland Plants.

Ecological Restoration (ESPM 5071)

Each ecosystem restoration is the product of a myriad of decisions made in response to existing site conditions (biotic and abiotic), anticipated effects from the surrounding landscape, predictions about future events, logistical realities, and, of course, desired conditions. During this course, you will learn about the factors that affect ecosystem recovery and how people intervene to reverse ecosystem degradation. The course includes examples from ecosystems around the world, with more emphasis on those found in Upper Midwest. Students will develop a portfolio exploring in-depth one practical aspect of ecological restoration.  (4 credits)

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

•Apply knowledge gained from ecological and social science research to restoration decision-making

•Assess ecological degradation of sites and identify effective restoration actions to reverse this degradation

•Develop general restoration schemes, including setting goals, evaluating the feasibility of alternative restoration options, and determining needed resources for implementation (e.g., funding, organizational capacity)

•Develop monitoring programs to evaluate restoration progress

Wetlands (ESPM 3575)

Freshwater wetland classification, wetland biota, current/historic status of wetlands, value of wetlands. National, regional, Minnesota wetland conservation strategies, ecological principles used in wetland management. The changing societal views of wetland uses; scientific understanding of wetland function through hydrology, biogeochemistry, and wetland biota; ecosystem services of wetlands and economic considerations to wetland losses, mitigation, and restoration; and the history, implementation, and effectiveness of national and state policies regarding wetlands, including wetland assessment based on vegetation, animal communities, hydrology and soils. (3 credits).