Teaching

Current Courses

  • LRES 571 - Landscape and Ecosystem Ecology: This course focuses on the principles and applications of landscape and ecosystem ecology. Students will gain an understanding of the factors that shape landscape patterns in space and time and the subsequent consequences for ecosystem processes. An important component of the course is an exploration of the methods and tools of landscape and ecosystem analysis. The content of the course is based on a combination of readings from textbooks and the primary literature and will hinge on in-depth interactions via online discussion. In addition, students will be expected to develop a rigorous analytical term-project motivated by a relevant question and the availability of data sets.
  • LRES 573 - Remote Sensing Applications in Environmental Science: This course focuses on the science and applications of remote sensing in environmental science. Students will gain an understanding of the basics of remote sensing science geared towards critical interpretation of the applications of remote sensing in environmental science. The content of the course is based on a combination of readings from a textbook and the primary literature and will hinge on in-depth interactions via online discussion. In addition, students will be exposed to hands-on exercises in basic digital image processing and analysis.
  • UH 494 - Honors Seminar - Disconnected Science: Exploring Climate Change Policy Deadlock (co-taught with Tony Hartshorn and Douglas Fischer): On no other topic do science and American public policy intersect with greater explosiveness than climate change. This class is an investigation into the scientific and political debates over climate science, looking at the broader role that science can play in informing public dialogue of important environmental issues facing society. Over the course of the semester students will be introduced to the challenge of “business-as-usual” greenhouse gas emissions and potential solutions; students will be asked to assess the scope and effectiveness of political responses, from the local level up to the international arena. No easy answers exist to the climate issue. We expect that by semester's end students will have a firm grasp of the science and be able to argue knowledgeably about the pros and cons of a variety of climate mitigation and adaptation efforts.
  • ENSC 110 - Introduction to Land Resources and Environmental Sciences (co-taught with Tim Seipel): This course is an introduction to the Department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences (LRES) curriculum. It introduces students to land/natural resources and related management issues, and demonstrates how basic environmental and ecological sciences are applied in an interdisciplinary manner to solve problems. 

I also serve as the Program Coordinator and Faculty Lead for the Online Masters Program in Environmental Sciences. For more information about this program, please visit: http://eu.montana.edu/online/degrees/environmental-masters/