Class canceled for lack of enrollment - sorry.
We'll try again Spring 2019.
During this Spring 2018 collaborative graduate course (also open to undergraduate seniors),
we will explore concepts and practices
from conservation biology, landscape architecture, landscape ecology, recreation resource management, and urban planning that
frame conservation in urban regions.
We will do this in
the context of Mecklenburg County (Charlotte), NC's, system of
nature preserves and natural areas
Mecklenburg's decades-old nature preserve system has been built around a
mission of conserving biodiversity
both for its intrinsic value and to benefit people.
some 7,600 acres of preserves
a Center for Biodiversity Studies
that boasts an
herbarium of some 45,000 specimens
You will work with faculty & students from three universities
to collaboratively develop course projects, such as conference presentations, web-based materials, and working papers
-- have a look at the
Story Map we created for Boulder
We are seeking an interdisciplinary team of students to join us — conservation biologists,
ecologists, economists, planners, landscape architects, recreation specialists, & sociologists, to name a few.
We'd like to have 6 students at NC State, 6 at Iowa State, and 3 at Alabama A&M.
The course includes an extended field trip (03.07-03.13) to
Mecklenburg County (Charlotte, NC) to study
their system of nature preserve and natural areas.
We will meet with key players in the conception, creation, and ongoing
management of Mecklenburg County's nature preserve system.
We'll get to visit conserved habitat and learn how they meet the
challenges of conservation in an urban region,
an overabundance of deer, invasive plants, and balancing conservation and human use.