Courses like landscape ecology, remote sensing and GIS have the potential to attract a wide range of students because they are both visual and applied. Forestry and natural resource courses have a similar potential, particularly when they include field trips and active learning that place students in a natural environment. I find creative ways to make lectures, labs and field trips accessible to my students.
TA: Observing the earth from space
TA: Forest ecosystem measurement field course
- Forecasting potential climate refugia to guide conservation of montane species.
- Characterizing the sensitivity of tree species and forest types to past weather variability using tree ring data
Connecting field data...
Data like tree-rings, being collected here, can teach students about forest response to stress and climate.
to landscape pattern
Patterns in remote sensing imagery, like the defoliation (greenish tones) in this Landsat image, can help us quantify and understand how stresses spread across landscapes.