Summary: Landscape Ecology Course Description (Fall 2008, provisional)
Learning objectives: This course is designed for students (1) to obtain knowledge of basic
concepts, methods, and applications in landscape ecology, (2) to examine and understand the
ways in which spatial patterns and spatial processes operate in an ecological context, (3) to learn
and become familiar with the techniques used by landscape ecologists in their work, and (4) to
understand the relevance of landscape ecology to human society, and (5) to apply the concepts,
models, and techniques in landscape ecology in natural resources management.
Textbooks: (1) Landscape Ecology in Theory and Practice, by Turner, Gardner and O'Neill (TGO),
Springer, 2001. Available at SDSU Aztec Bookstore or www.amazon.com.
Note: Our home assignments will be partially based on Learning Landscape Ecology, edited by
Gergel and Turner (GT), Springer, 2001. I will post copies of the corresponding chapters online.
Prerequisites: Geography 370 or 385 recommended; or by approval of the instructor.
Participation (200 points): On several Wednesdays (except specified otherwise; see the calendar
below) the class will discuss a set of selected journal articles. Two students should form one team
to lead the discussion of one article. Each team should:
1) summarize the article, and propose a set of questions1
2) break the class into 2~3 groups discussing the above questions.
3) choose group representatives to report their discussions to the class using overhead
transparency or chalks. The team takes notes.