ULC Course Description

Ecosystem Restoration
Control Number: 280
Course Number: 33ECR01A
CEUs: 2.7     PDHs: 0.0     LUs: 0.0     PDUs: 0.0     CMs: 0.0     ACE: 0.0     CEHs: 0.0
The restoration and protection of environmental resources in our Nation's ecosystems is a central mission in the Corps of Engineers Civil Works program. This course will provide an interdisciplinary perspective on ecosystem restoration, protection, and management. Students will learn the principles and vocabulary of selected disciplines outside their own and will become familiar with relevant case studies and issues in planning and conducting ecosystem restoration projects. At the end of the course, students will have a more holistic understanding of ecosystems and the requirements for successfully restoring, protecting, and managing them.

Through a series of lectures, practical exercises, and field trips, students will be introduced to basic concepts in ecology, hydrology, geomorphology, and biogeochemistry as they interrelate within a given ecosystem. These basic concepts will be explored and evaluated for their roles in the restoration, protection, and management of degraded ecosystems. Emphasis will be on ecological interactions and scale-dependent relationships among the physical environment, biota, and ecosystem processes and disturbances. The structure and function of an ecosystem will be discussed and related to real-life situations and projects, as appropriate, through field visits. Relevant models and computerized tools will be demonstrated (e.g., decision support systems, monitoring metrics, etc.).

(a) This course is meant primarily for engineers and scientists involved in the planning, operation, and management of ecosystem restoration projects, including permits under the Clean Water Act that would involve ecosystem restoration; (b) Grade: GS-09 and above; (c) A Bachelor of Arts or Science degree or higher; and (d) Occupational series: 0200, 0100, 0400, 0801, 0807, 0810, 0819, 0905, 1301, 1315, 1350.


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