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Basic and Applied Ecology _ETT3_ GSD-6241 Fall 2011 Instructors


									Basic and Applied Ecology (ETT3) GSD-6241                                               Fall 2011
Instructors: Peter Del Tredici and Richard T. T. Forman

Fall term, four units, open to MLA students taking the third LA core-studio

Mondays, 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM. Lectures
Wednesdays, 2:00-5:00 PM. Lectures or field-study trips
One required two-day field-study trip (In 2011, Sept. 30-Oct. 1, or Oct. 1-2)

Course description. The science of ecology is introduced through the lenses of local sites,
 urban areas, and broad landscapes. Key motifs during the course include basic ecological
 principles, spatial patterns, field observations, and the application of principles. The ecology
 of plants in landscape architecture, as well as analysis of ecosystems and vegetation, receives
 special emphasis. Spatial patterns are commonly linked to functional flows and movements,
 as well as change over time. Field studies highlight ecological and horticultural perspectives,
 in addition to Southern New England forested and urban areas.

Pedagogic goals. The overarching goal is for students to develop a solid understanding of the
 basic principles of ecology, i.e., the study of how organisms interact with the environment,
 that are especially useful for landscape architecture. Emphasis is also placed on direct
 observation, analysis, and application of the ecological principles at different spatial scales in
 both natural and urban habitats. In addition, recognition of distinctive spatial, functional, and
 change patterns in the landscape is highlighted.

Basis of grades. 40% four short exercises; 30% final main exercise (2 parts); 30% attendance,
 participation, and other evidence of learning (15% class; 15% field studies)

Dr. Peter Del Tredici. Senior Research Scientist, Arnold Arboretum, and Lecturer, Harvard
 Graduate School of Design. Office hours: TBA, or e-mail for
 appointment. Gund Hall Room TBA.

Dr. Richard T. T. Forman. PAES Professor of Landscape Ecology, Harvard Graduate School of
 Design. Office hours: TBA, or by appointment. Gund Hall Room 41

[Please note: Pages listed on attached schedule are in Cain, M. L. et al. 2011. Ecology (Second
Edition). Sinauer Associates, Sunderland, MA. Other readings are to be announced].
Basic and Applied Ecology (ETTT3) GSD-6241                  Preliminary Schedule                    Fall 2011

Aug 31 (W) (RF-1) Ecology, Ecosystem, Energy [Pp. 8-19; 107-111; 412-413; 430-442]
           (PDT-1) Anthropogenic Ecology: Making People Part of Nature

Sep 5 (M) Holiday
    7 (W) (RF-2) Chemicals and Their Flows [Pp. 452-462; 525-532]

   12 (M)    (RF-3) Physical Environment & Biosphere Vegetation [Pp. 34-37; 49-68; 82-90; 94-98]
   14 (W)    (RF) Local Field-Study Trip

   19 (M)    (RF-4) Landscape Ecology & Patch-Corridor Patterns/Functions [Pp. 501-523]
   21 (W)    (RF) First Class Exercise
             (RF-5) Population Distribution & Abundance [Pp. 177-204]

   26 (M)   (RF-6) Population Growth & Dynamics [Pp. 204-239]
   28 (W)   (RF-7) Predation, Herbivory, Competition [Pp. 242-246; 262-281]

Sep 30 – Oct 1 (RF & PDT) (Friday 8:30 AM to Saturday 6:30 PM) Field Studies, Harvard Forest Area, or
Oct 1 – Oct 2 (PDT & RF) (Saturday 8:30 AM to Sunday 6:30 PM) Field Studies, Harvard Forest Area

Oct 3 (M) (RF-8) The Natural Community [Pp. 324-341; 364-371]
    5 (W) (RF-9) Species Types, Wildlife, Distribution, Diversity [Pp. 371-386; 388-398; 490-497]

  10 (M)    Holiday
  12 (W)    (RF-10) Groundwater, Streams, Rivers, Lakes [Pp. 38-39; 68-70; 463-472; & special reading]

  17 (M)    (RF-11) Wetlands, Shores/Coasts, Estuaries, Oceans [Pp. 43-44; 70-77; 421-423; sp. reading]
  19 (W)    (RF) Second Class Exercise
            (RF-12) Dynamic Systems, Flows, Stability, Change [Pp. 214-216; 262-263; 347; 357-359]

  24 (M)    (PDT-2) Tree Architecture: The Development of Form in Woody Plants
  26 (W)    (PDT) Field trip #1 to Arnold Arboretum

  31 (M) (PDT-3) Deeply Disturbed: The Emergent Forests of New England
Nov 2 (W) (PDT-4) Natural Selection vs. Horticultural Selection: The concepts of the Cultivar vs. Species;
domestication and human food crops; adaptation vs. preadaptation

   7 (M) (PDT-5) Succession in Space and Time; Novel Ecosystems
   9 (W) (PDT) Field Trip #2 to Charles River in Watertown; PDT Third Class Exercise Due: 12 Tree Drawings
based on the principles of Tree Architecture presented in class

  14 (M) (PDT-6) Urban Ecology: General Characteristics; Abiotic Urban Environment
  16 (W) (PDT-7) Biotic Urban Environment: Spontaneous Plants & Animals; Ecological Function and
Ecosystem Services

   21 (M)    (PDT-8) Socio-Economic Factors and the Maintenance Ecology of Designed Landscapes
   23 (W)    Thanksgiving Holiday No Class

  28 (M) (PDT-9) Ecologically Based Plantings Strategies; Meadows and Grasslands;
PDT Fourth Class Exercise Due
  30 (W) (PDT) The Design Potential of Spontaneous Vegetation; Invasive Species Issues
Dec 5 (M) (PDT-10) Soil Contamination; Bio- and Phytoremediation
   7 (W) (PDT-11) Anthropogenic Nature: The New Wilderness
          (RF-13) Interweaving Landscape Ecology, Road Ecology, Urban Ecology [Special reading]

Dec 16 (Friday) (RF & PDT Portions) Final Main Exercises Due

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