ECOL 592 Interdisciplinary Seminar

Future Offerings

Listings for Fall 2018 will be posted here by registration time.

Current Offerings: Spring 2018

Sustaining River Hydroecosystems in the Anthropocene

LeRoy Poff

Description:Course objective: Develop an integrated, multidisciplinary understanding of the geomorphological, hydrological, and ecological principles that govern river hydroecosystem structure and function. Apply this knowledge to managing rivers to sustain riverine (aquatic and riparian)habitat and biota, in the face of increasing human demands, spread of non-native species and uncertainties posed by climate change.

Credits: 2
First Meeting: 1/23/2018
Meeting Times: 11:00 - 11:50, T R
Classroom: GDPE Conf Rm (Johnson Hall rm 132)
CRN: 10362
Section Number: 1
Cross Listed: BZ580
Enrollment Limit: 20
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Instructor Contact Info:
      LeRoy Poff 970-491-2079

One Health Approaches: Critical understanding and effective practices

Benjamin Golas, Ryan Miller, Colleen Webb

Description:"One Health" is a label attached to efforts to address issues of human, animal, and environmental health simultaneously in an interdisciplinary collaboration. Despite its increasing popularity, the variables defining a One Health approach are nebulous, and consensus on the application and success of One Health approaches is lacking. To better understand the true value of One Health efforts, we will hold a weekly seminar to examine different aspects of One Health (zoonoses, biodiversity, sociology, ecology, land management, etc.) and the factors that can make this approach successful. The instructors, Benjamin Golas (veterinarian), Ryan Miller (USDA disease ecologist), and Colleen Webb (quantitative biologist), aim to create an interdisciplinary learning environment in the One Health style by inviting graduate students from ecology, public health, and veterinary sciences to participate. The seminar will involve weekly readings from primary literature interspersed with core papers chosen by instructors and papers of interest chosen by students. Students will enter papers chosen into a database that will be used to generate class discussion about the factors that lead to a successful One Health approach. The class will analyze the One Health literature and seminar database to better define One Health and identify potential scenarios where such an approach could be effectively executed. Students will be evaluated by the three instructors based on class participation (80%) and 5-minute IGNITE presentations (20%) on applying a One Health framework to a system of the student's choice at the seminar's end.

Credits: 1
First Meeting: 1/17/2018
Meeting Times: Wednesday 12-1PM
Classroom: GDPE Conf Rm (Johnson Hall rm 132)
CRN: 10363
Section Number: 2
Cross Listed: MPH cross-listing in process
Enrollment Limit: 20
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Instructor Contact Info:
      Benjamin Golas 610-392-6259
      Ryan Miller
      Colleen Webb 970-491-6723

Landscape Genetics

W. Chris Funk, Brenna Forester, Daryl Trumbo

Description:This is an online course organized by Helene Wagner, Melanie Murphy, and Lisette Waits that provides interdisciplinary training in the field of landscape genetics. The local section at Colorado State University will be led by Chris Funk, Brenna Forester, and Daryl Trumbo. These instructors will facilitate local discussions of readings and online lectures, and assist with computer lab exercises provided as part of the online course. The course caters to students in basic and applied ecology, conservation and population genetics, landscape ecology, evolutionary biology and conservation biology. Because of the interdisciplinary nature of landscape genetics, there are no course prerequisites. However, experience, training, and/or previous coursework in one of landscape ecology, population genetics, and/or spatial statistics is recommended. A key objective of landscape genetics is to study how landscape modification and habitat fragmentation affect organism dispersal and gene flow across the landscape. Landscape genetics requires highly interdisciplinary specialized skills making intensive use of technical population genetic skills and spatial analysis tools (spatial statistics, GIS tools and remote sensing). Even when students receive disciplinary training in these areas, educational programs often lack the necessary linkage and synthesis among disciplines. This linkage can only be accomplished after experts from each discipline work together to develop guiding principles for this new research area. This online course will be concurrently offered at multiple universities across the globe, giving students the opportunity to learn from international experts, work with peers from outside institutions, and work with local instructors with wide-ranging expertise in the field. Students will prepare for each weekly meeting by reading 2-3 peer-reviewed papers relevant to that week's topic. Course meetings will start with a live web-cast lecture by an expert on the week's topic that introduces foundations and methods and highlights points for discussion in our local seminar group. After local group discussion, a web-based discussion across campuses will wrap up the weekly topic. Students who are unable to make it to livecast of lectures can view taped lectures. The course includes a computer lab component (using R) that provides code and hand-on training in landscape genetic analyses. There is also an optional interdisciplinary group term project with web-based collaboration across institutions. Students who participate in group projects will have the option of applying to attend a project synthesis meeting in Coeur Alene, Idaho in May 2018. Evaluation will be based on attendance, participation in discussion, and completion of lab exercises.

Credits: 3
First Meeting: 1/17/2017
Meeting Times: Wednesdays (1/17/17-5/9/17) 8:30am-11:30am
Classroom: TBD
CRN: 28670
Section Number: 3
Cross Listed:
Enrollment Limit: 20
Background: Some training is recommended in one of: landscape ecology, population genetics, and/or spatial statistics.
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Instructor Contact Info:
      W. Chris Funk 970-491-3289
      Brenna Forester
      Daryl Trumbo


Previous Offerings

Previous ECOL 592 course descriptions available on the Past 592 page.