ENVS160: Restoration Ecology (Summer 2011)
Tuesday and Thursday in ISB 221 and COH 118
Course website: http://thiscourse.com/ucsc/envs160/su11/
Suzanne Langridge (Professor)
Office Hours: Thursday 4:30-5:30 or by appointment in Natural Sciences II 471
Miriam Olivera (TA)
Office Hours: Wednesday 1-2pm or by appointment in The Abby Coffeeshop
COPY OF SYLLABUS
This course is a broad overview of the interdisciplinary topic of ecological restoration. Students will be introduced to the rapidly expanding practice of restoring degraded ecosystems through a mixture of lecture, discussion, field visits, restoration plans, and reflective essays. The course will focus on ecological theory and how to apply theory to restoration practice; philosophical debates concerning restoration practice; societal influences on restoration decision making; and restoration planning and implementation strategies.
An entire quarter could be devoted to just one aspect of ecological restoration. For this reason, this primary objective of this course is to instill an understanding and appreciation of the broad scope of societal and ecological issues associated with ecological restoration, as well as an understanding of how to approach environmental problem solving. And of course get our hands a little dirty with some actual restoration.
Learning Objectives (as a result of this course you will be able to…)
1) Critically evaluate ethics and reasons for restoring ecosystems
2) Identify and explain ecological principles most important for ecological restoration
3) Determine how to set and follow-through on goals for ecological restoration
4) Understand societal and ecological issues associated with ecological restoration
Restoration Plan Assignment
Coast Dairies Plan - Background information on Yellowbank creek and area
Restoration Plan Topic Assignments
Example Restoration Plan - fyi -this is a little longer than the current assignment, but should give you an idea of the structure
EXAMPLE COVER LETTERS:
Example Cover letter 1
Example Cover letter 2
Useful databases for background information on your species and process:
National Invasive Species Information Center
California Invasive Plant Council Plant Profiles
USDA Plants Database
California Native Plant Society Rare Plant Program
USFWS Species Reports - this has specific information on Santa Cruz Tarplant
California Department of Fish and Game Feral Pig Management Program
Southwest Fisheries Science Center
California Department of Fish and Game Fisheries Management
USFWS Red-legged frog information page
USFWS Species Reports
Several topics such as red-legged frogs, coastal prairie, riparian habitat, santa cruz tarplant, fire
Elkhorn Slough Coastal Training Program Archived Workshops/Trainings
General Background on animals and plants in CA:
CFG Life History and Range Maps
Pollinators and Pollination conservation:
Course Details and Policies
Final grades will be based the traditional scheme of ≥ 90%, = A, ≥ 80% = B, etc.
Participation and Attendance 85 points (21%)
First Exam 85 points (21%)
Ethics essay 55 points (15%)
Restoration plan 90 points (22%)
Second Exam 85 points (21%)
Total 400 points (100%)
Deadline and absence policy: The dates of the exams and due dates for all assignments are absolute. Assignments submitted late will be subjected to a 20% deduction in grade for each day late. If extenuating circumstances occur, contact Dr. Langridge BEFORE the due date. Final Restoration Plans will not be accepted late.
Readings: Students are expected to have done the readings before class on the date they are assigned. This will allow for a clearer understanding of lecture, and more participation in class. The main concepts and findings from papers will also be included on the exams.
Attendance and Participation: Due to the intensive nature of the course and the field trips within
class time, it is essential that students do not miss any classes. Students are
expected to participate in discussions, as well as be active participants in
lecture, guest lecture, and field days.
Ethics essay (Due June 28): Students will write a short essay on the ethics and philosophical basis for restoration. The essay will consist two sections: 1) How do we justify goals for restoration and what is the role of science in determining those goals and 2) Should we restore ecosystems and what is the value of “undisturbed” and restored ecosystems. For each of these sections students should summarize in a short paragraph the main points of each of the papers related to the topic 1 and 2, and then should answer the questions using these readings (and the optional readings if they like). Minimum of four readings used in the essay, and they should be cited in the text and at the end in a literature cited section.
Restoration plan: We will develop a short (4-6 page double spaced) restoration plan based on our field trip to Yellowbank Creek. Please see Restoration Plan Assignment for details. Part A (Goals, objectives, literature, background and justification) of the restoration plan is due June 30, revised Part A and Part B (methods, monitoring) of the restoration plan is due July 12, and the final written revised plan and restoration plan presentation are due July 21.
Exams one and two: Both exams will be short-answer. They will be scheduled within the first hour of class on July 5 and July 19.
There will be three required field days scheduled within class period. We will be meeting at the Center for Ocean Health for these classes. Parking is free.
June 23: We will meet for a guest lecture by Dr. Mike Westphal of the Bureau of Land Management, who will talk about restoration on Yellowbank Creek north of Santa Cruz, and the many cultural, political, ecological, economic issues affecting the restoration project. This site will be the basis for a restoration project for our class. We will then carpool to the restoration site for a field visit. Bring water, sunscreen, hat, and snack.
June 30: Monitoring the Marine Campus Restoration Project. Bring sunscreen, long pants, long-sleeved shirt, hat, water, snack, work gloves, closed toed shoes. We will be outside monitoring for approximately 2 hours
July 19: Restoration Party on the UCSC Reserve with Elizabeth Howard and Will Spangler. Bring sunscreen, long pants, long-sleeved shirt, hat, water, work gloves, and closed toe shoes. We will be outside for the restoration party for about 2 hours.
Extra Credit Options
1) You can receive 5 points extra credit for taking advantage of any of the following exciting opportunities to get involved in other restoration projects in the area. Although you are welcome to attend any of these events, I will only be giving the 5 points extra credit for ONE event. In other words, you cannot get more than 5 points extra credit in the course (this includes the option below as well). In order to receive the extra credit, you must write a 1 page reflection piece on the what you did, value of the experience and how it related to what you are learning in class and hand this in within one week of the event.
a. Saturday June 25: Optional Restoration Party – Watsonville Wetland Watch. For more info:http://www.watsonvillewetlandswatch.org/getinvolved.htm
b. Wednesdays, June 29, July 6 and July 13 (dates are preliminary – need to confirm with Will Spangler one week in advance: mailto:email@example.com): Optional seed collecting field trip with UCSC Reserve staff. Amazing chance to learn about California native plants in a beautiful place. Need to meet at Long Marine Lab promptly at 9am and stay until 3pm (or if use your own vehicle could leave some time after 1pm – need to stay until at least 1pm for the extra credit).
c. Saturday, July 16: Optional Restoration Party, California Native Plant Society. 10-1pm. Location TBA, conact Linda Brodman - firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can receive 5 points extra credit for quality original artwork, poetry, music, cuisine, or other
artistic endeavor that is related to restoration. You
must present this to the class on the last day (July 21) for credit, giving an
explanation as to what it is, how it relates to what we’ve learned in class,
and why you were inspired to do it.
You are welcome to do more than one original artistic piece, but you cannot
get more than 5 points extra credit in the course (this includes the option
above as well).
IMPORTANT CLASS POLICIES
Accommodations for Students with Disabilities
If you qualify for classroom accommodations because of a disability, please get an Accommodation Authorization from the Disability Resource Center (DRC) and submit it to me in person outside of class (e.g., office hours) within the first week of the quarter. Contact DRC at 459-2089 (voice), 459-4806 (TTY), or http://drc.ucsc.edu/ for more information on the requirements and/or process.
There will be plenty of interaction in the class with each other and the instructor, and please feel free to raise your hand for questions at any time and participate in discussion, but please do not hold private conversations during class. Also, arrive on time to class and turn off cell phones and other electronic devices. Holding private conversations, using electronic devices, and arriving late to class is distracting to the students and instructor. Students who repeatedly do not uphold this policy will receive reduced class participation scores.
"Academic integrity... focuses on standing up for the five values fundamental to the academic process, even when it is difficult to do so. The value of academic honesty is primary and a prerequisite to the other four ... trust... fairness, respect and responsibility." "...Without trust, there are severe limits in the cooperation needed to accumulate knowledge or verify the achievement of requisite skills and perspectives among students... Fairness guarantees that students are not disadvantaged by the dishonesty of a few. Respect means acknowledging the worth and work of others and not treating them as objects. Responsibility is defined in terms of accountability... taking action in the face of wrongdoing (Drinan, 1999)."
Academic misconduct includes but is not limited to cheating, fabrication, plagiarism, or facilitating academic dishonesty or as further specified in campus regulations. All written assignments turned in for this class should be written individually and should be original works for this class. All academic integrity violations will be prosecuted. Accordingly, students are expected to understand and adhere to the UCSC policies on academic integrity and plagarism:
Course Schedule (subscribe)
|1||Tue Jun 21||Lecture 1
Introduction to Restoration Ecology
Connection between theory and practice
How does climate change affect our actions in restoration
|Hobbs and Cramer. 2008. Del Moral et al. 2007.|
|Thu Jun 23||Lecture 2
MEET AT LONG MARINE LAB
Field Trip: Yellowbank Creek
|Davis and Slobodkin 2004
Winterhalder et al. 2004
Optional: Light 2000
Optional: Allison 2007
|2||Tue Jun 28||Lecture 3
Discussion: Ethics and Restoration
Abiotic issues in restoration
Restoration planning: goals, objectives
|Pilion-smits and Freeman 2006
Kardol and Wardle 2010
Clewell et al. 2005
|Restoration Ethics paper due
|Thu Jun 30||Lecture 4 - biotic
Lecture 4 - planning
Restoration planning: adaptive management and monitoring
Biotic issues in restoration
Animal restoration and reintroduction
|Holl and Cairns 2002
Adaptive Management handout
|First part of restoration plan due
|3||Tue Jul 05||MEET AT LONG MARINE LAB
Monitoring field trip: UCSC Marine Campus
Padilla and Pugnaire 2006
Zavaleta et al. 2001
First exam review sheet
FIRST EXAM KEY
|Thu Jul 07||Lecture 5 - reintro
Lecture 5 - landscape
Lecture 5 - Adaptive Management
Finish Biotic restoration
Landscape ecology and restoration
Finish monitoring and adaptive management
Movie: Hope in a Changing Climate
Harris et al 2006
Gunn et al 2008
|4||Tue Jul 12||Lecture 6 - Disturbance
Lecture 6- Aquatic and Rivers
Disturbance and restoration
Discussion: restoration projects
National Academy of Sciences 1992
|2nd part of restoration plan due
|Thu Jul 14||Lecture 7 - Lakes
Lecture 7 - wetlands
Lecture 7 - Climate
Lecture 7 - Funding
Continue aquatic restoration
Restoration and climate change
Funding and legislating restoration
Discussion: peer review
|Degroot et al. 2006
McGhee et al 2006
|Restoration plan peer review due
|5||Tue Jul 19||MEET AT LONG MARINE LAB
Restoration Party: UCSC Marine Campus
|optional: Turner 1992
||Exam two review sheet
|Thu Jul 21||Discussion: restoration party
Restoration plan presentations
Extra credit presentations
||Presentations; final restoration plan due