Conservation in urban settings (EEB 5370: Spring 2013)

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This year, the topic will be conservation in urban settings. The main text for the course will be Urban Ecology: Patterns, Processes, and Applications (Niemela et al. 2012. Oxford University Press).

Week Who Topic Reading Notes
23 Jan Chris E. Introduction & History pp. 1-13 Note that page numbers refer to the printed book, and differ from the e-page numbers
30 Jan Chris E. What is "urban ecology"? McIntyre et al. 2000, Seto et al. 2011, Grimm et al. 2008 Come prepared to give 3 examples of research questions relating to urban conservation (defined however you like).
6 Feb Manette Land Use and Climate pp. 17-44 (1.1, 1.2) Questions

And for fun, a recent, relevant story on the Daily Show: http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-january-24-2013/things-may-be-bad--but-at-least-we-can-t-chew-our-air

13 Feb Ryan Soils and Hydrology pp. 45-72 (1.3, 1.4) Questions for this week Case study
20 Feb Carolyn A. Urban vegetation pp. 103-115, 148-158 (2.4, 3.2) **Note: chapters out of order Questions Case study
27 Feb Katie Plants of wetlands, gardens and hard surfaces pp. 75-102 (2.1, 2.2, 2.3) Questions Case study
6 Mar Holly Urban wildlife pp. 116-147 (2.5, 3.1) Questions Case study
13 Mar Jason Urban community ecology pp. 159-188 (3.3, 3.4, 3.5) Questions Case study
20 Mar ---- NO MEETING: SPRING BREAK ---- Connecticut Conference on Natural Resources
27 Mar Chris E. Urban ecosystem services I pp. 191-218 (4.1, 4.2, 4.3) Questions
3 Apr Katie Urban ecosystem services II pp. 219-239 (4.4, 4.5) Questions Case study
10 Apr Sara Effects on human society & health pp. 243-271 (5.1, 5.2) Questions Case study
17 Apr Chris F. Planning for wildlife in the city pp. 272-297 (5.3, 5.4) Questions Case study
24 Apr Rachael Creating better urban ecosystems pp. 298-318 (5.5., 5.6) Questions Case study
1 May Chris E. Wrap-up: What have we learned? pp. 319-321
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