ENVU9MR: Habitat Management and Restoration

CO-ORDINATOR: Prof Alistair Jump
CONTRIBUTORS: Dr Nigel Wilby, Dr Daisy Dent, plus guest lecturers

Outline

This module looks at restoration ecology in its broadest sense. Teaching will begin by considering the initial questions of how we define 'degraded' and discussing how views of ecological and agricultural value and the definition of degradation may differ between observers. The course will then move on to look at how humans can harness ecological processes to improve the condition of damaged and degraded ecosystems with respect to their health, integrity and sustainability.

Objectives

Students should:

  • gain a broad overview of the purpose of restoration ecology and its development as a scientific discipline.
  • understand the practical application of ecological restoration through case studies of restoration programmes in a range of terrestrial and aquatic systems.
  • appreciate the wider issues and complexities surrounding the discipline such as restoration/conservation conflicts and their implications for site evaluation.

Assessment

This module is assessed by coursework comprising one assessed management/restoration plan for a degraded site and one examination based on questions from pre-identified topics.

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