University of Victoria

Online Restoration Courses at UVic
January 4, 2016 - 8:00am - 5:00pm
Online January to April 2016

UVic is offering 3 online ecological restoration courses in the January term:

ER502: Ecosystem Design through Propagation of Native Plants

This is an advanced course on ecosystem design that considers the ecology and reproductive biology of plants when restoring ecosystems. It examines the principles and ethics of native plant selection, harvesting and propagation to meet site-specific design objectives such as which species need to be closely matched genetically (geographically) for the propagated stock. Other course topics include pollinators, peripheral populations, dispersal agents and hybridization. Implications for green or living roofs and the impact of climate change are also explored. The course includes an overview of the goals and foundations of ecological restoration and how restoration nurseries grow appropriate restoration species.

Dates: Jan 4 – April 3, 2016
Tuition: $750
ER311: Principles and Concepts of Ecological Restoration
This course introduces you to the practice of ecological restoration, starting by examining the physical and biological characteristics of ecosystems and the need to maintain and restore them. You will examine natural and human-caused changes at ecosystem to species levels while considering the philosophy and ethics of restoration within legal and policy frameworks. The course also introduces the process and techniques of assessing ecosystems and developing recommendations. In addition, you will develop your ability to combine and analyze factual scientific analysis of ecosystems in the context of human values and needs.

Dates: Jan 4 – April 10, 2016
Tuition: $625

ER314: Ethical, Legal and Policy Aspects of Ecological Restoration
Environmental restoration is a value-laden activity. It takes place within a societal framework of ethics, laws and politics. Ethical values influence which actions are considered appropriate by society, laws determine what is legally required or permissible and policies govern how things are done. What is ecologically desirable is not always socially acceptable. This course considers the philosophy and ethics of restoration and introduces the legal and policy frameworks within which environmental restoration takes place, and which play a critical role in dealing with the practical issues of carrying out a restoration project.

Dates: Jan 4 – April 3, 2016
Tuition: $625

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