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Restoration Ecology I: Concepts and Principles

This course emphasizes the interdisciplinary and holistic nature of the science of restoration ecology. Different philosophies of restoration, reclamation and rehabilitation are discussed. Structural and functional attributes of the disturbed ecosystem and its restoration are considered and placed in context. The factors potentially limiting the natural recovery of disturbed land and waters and their interactions are enumerated and analyzed. The use of abiotic and biotic approaches to overcoming limiting factors are evaluated, including the potential use of biotechnology. PREREQ: BIOL 2356. (lec 3, lab 3) cr 3.