The effective management of natural resources involves measuring, maintaining or altering the distribution and abundance of organisms. Consider how principles of ecological theory can be applied to a variety of natural resource management problems. Explore how ecological principles and tools can be used to conserve, monitor, and manage species and habitats.
Students gain understanding of key ecological concepts for the management of natural resources, including ecological indicators and monitoring, management of pests and invasive species, and principles of conservation.
An understanding of ecological principles is necessary in order to comprehend the complexity of environmental problems, identify potential solutions, and monitor changes in respect of management interventions.
All of creation exists to be in relationship with God and bring Him praise and glory (Ps. 104, Heb. 2:10, Col. 1:16, Rev. 4:11). God commanded humankind to both subdue and take care of creation (Gen. 1:26-28, Gen. 2:15). Ecological theories and principles can inform the effective stewardship of creation.
This course prepares missional students to be better-informed stewards of creation and contributes to preparing them to meet others at their point of need.
In this course, learners are exposed to case studies in which ecological principles have been applied in the management of natural resources.
Students consider the practical application of ecological principles in the management of ecosystems located in different parts of the world, subject to different threats and socio-cultural considerations.
This course offers practical insights and techniques with which to assess, monitor, and intervene in ecosystems.
In this course, a problem-solving approach and real-world examples give learners a sense of the reality of using ecological tools in applied contexts.