This course discusses both the spatial and temporal characteristics of landscape including time-scale and size scale elements, the degree of complexity of habitats that affect overall species diversity at different spatial and temporal scales, and policy fragmentation. It also tackles how riparian forests contribute to conservation of aquatic communities as well as the important spatial and temporal considerations that are relevant to management of riparian areas of streams and rivers.
The most common practices used to stabilize riverbanks that affect floodplain processes and river dynamics and species-area curve are also discussed.
1. Describe time scale and size scale elements of landscape features.
2. Compare and contrast the biological diversity between small patches of relict native communities with large patches of the same community.
3. Describe habitat fragmentation and how it affects biological communities.
4. Describe how temporal and spatial considerations can be integrated into landscape planning and habitat restoration efforts.
5. Appreciate the importance of considering historical ecological conditions when evaluating current conditions or predicting future conditions.