Plant Community Assessment Online Course

Center for Wildlife Studies
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COURSE DESCRIPTION: Plants structure ecosystems and provide habitat and food for wildlife. As such, assessing plant communities is an essential skill for wildlife biologists but is often underemphasized in wildlife curriculums or overlooked altogether. At a landscape scale, vegetation is heterogeneous, consisting of varying assemblages of plant species shaped by climate, environmental conditions, land use history, interactions with wildlife, and other factors. This course gives students skills in identifying and assessing the plant communities that make up a heterogeneous landscape. Students will develop skills in characterizing a study area of interest and assessing its vegetation structure and plant species composition. Credit from successful completion of this course can be used to earn professional certifications (e.g., The Wildlife Society’s Certified Wildlife Biologist®) and meet the minimum educational requirements for federal and many state wildlife biology jobs that require formal education in botany and the related plant sciences. FORMAT: Students will take the course at their own pace over a four-week period. The course is divided into discrete competency-based modules composed of pre-recorded lecture material and hands-on exercises which may require visiting your local wildlife habitat. Student interaction and instructor feedback will be provided in the form of online discussion forums and live Q&A. Each student will also have the opportunity over the last 2 weeks to meet with the instructor via video consultation to discuss their individual projects from school or work. PRIMARY INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Katherine Crowley DATES: June 26 - July 23, 2023 COST: Early bird course fee (ends May 29): $500 professional / $400 student Regular course fee (after May 29): $550 professional / $450 student ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: ESA and TWS Continuing Education Credit: included for FREE
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