Graduate Seminar in the
Ecology of Fragmented Landscapes (2 credits)

CBLS 452 - Mondays, 3:00-4:30

Instructors:  Pete August, URI; Jeff Hollister (EPA Narragansett Lab), and Anne Kuhn (EPA Narragansett Lab)

Review the general concepts and principles of landscape ecology.

Text: We will review the chapters in Turner et al. 2015. Landscape Ecology in Theory and Practice: Pattern and Process.

 Class will begin with a 5 -10 minute overview of the topic by the instructors, then a randomly chosen student will provide a 30 minute review of the reading for the day. Following this, another student wi
ll be randomly chosen to lead a 30 minute discussion on logical or technical problems with the material under discussion. This will be followed by a 15-20 minute discussion of the positive strengths of the readings by the class. All students are expected to contribute to all of the discussions.

Student Responsibilities:
  1) Attend all meetings and participate in discussions.  2) Lead session reviewing the chapters or their positive and negative attributes.  3) Prepare an annotated bibliography and 3-5 page white paper on the chosen topic, due at the end of the semester (1 May at 3:00 PM) . You will give a short oral presentation on what you found in your lit review on 24 April. Examples of past reports - 2011 and 2013. Bibs for 2015 are here.

Meeting Time:
  Mondays 3:00 - 4:30 PM, Room CBLS 252

: Grades will be based on class participation (50%), the bibliography (25%), and the white paper (25%).

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Academic Integrity: Students are expected to be honest in all academic work. A student’s name on any written work, quiz or exam shall be regarded as assurance that the work is the result of the student’s own independent thought and study. Work should be stated in the student’s own words, properly attributed to its source. Students have an obligation to know how to quote, paraphrase, summarize, cite and reference the work of others with integrity. The following are examples of academic dishonesty.

• Using material, directly or paraphrasing, from published sources (print or electronic) without appropriate citation
• Claiming disproportionate credit for work not done independently
• Unauthorized possession or access to exams
• Unauthorized communication during exams
• Unauthorized use of another’s work or preparing work for another student
• Taking an exam for another student
• Altering or attempting to alter grades
• The use of notes or electronic devices to gain an unauthorized advantage during exams
• Fabricating or falsifying facts, data or references
• Facilitating or aiding another’s academic dishonesty
• Submitting the same paper for more than one course without prior approval from the instructors.

Special Needs Students: Any student with a documented disability is welcome to contact us as early in the semester as possible so that we may arrange reasonable accommodations. As part of this process, please be in touch with Disability Services for Students Office at 330 Memorial Union, 401-874-2098



Week 1 (1/23) Intro Session, CIK 026

Week 2 (1/30) Introduction to Landscape Ecology (Chapter 1)

Week 3 (2/6) Causes of Landscape Pattern (Chapter 2)

Week 4 (2/13) Landscape Metrics (Chapter 4)

Week 5 (2/20) President's Day NO CLASS

Week 6 (2/27) Spatial Statistics (Chapter 5)

Week 7 (3/6) R Code for Measuring Landscape Pattern (Dr. Jeff Hollister)

Week 8 (3/13) Spring Break NO CLASS

Week 9 (3/20) Landscape Disturbance Dynamics (Chapter 6)

Week 10 (3/27) Organisms and Landscape Pattern (Chapter 7)

Week 11 (4/3) Ecosystem Processes in the Landscape (Chapter 8)

Week 12 (4/10) Landscape Dynamics in a Changing World (Chapter 9)

Week 13 (4/17) Connectivity (Dr. Anne Kuhn)

Week 14 (4/24) Student Project Reports, Oral Presentations, 5 minutes each

3:00 PM (5/1) Student Project Written Reports Due