Rangeland Ecology and Management Courses
Karen L. Launchbaugh, Dept. Chair, Dept. of Forest, Rangeland, and Fire Sciences (205B CNR Bldg. 83844-1135; phone 208/885-6536).
Prerequisite: Courses in this subject field that are numbered above 299 are not open to undergraduate students on academic probation.
REM 102 Opportunities in Rangeland Ecology and Management (1 cr)
Basic principles, contemporary issues, and professional opportunities in rangeland management. Introduction to careers with ranches, land management agencies, consulting firms, and environmental organizations.
REM 200 (s) Seminar (cr arr)
REM 203 (s) Workshop (cr arr)
REM 204 (s) Special Topics (cr arr)
REM 221 Ecology (3 cr)
Fundamental principles of ecology. Major topics covered by the course include the physical environment, how organisms interact with each other and their environment, evolutionary processes, population dynamics, communities, energy flow and ecosystems, human influences on ecosystems, and the integration and scaling of ecological processes through systems ecology. Computer-based materials are used extensively for guided independent learning of ecology. An online version of this course is offered as a separate section. Course information: EcologyOnline.net. Recommended Preparation: Introductory botany, zoology and good working knowledge of Windows-based computer systems.
REM 244 Wildland Fire Management (2 cr)
Introduction to wildland fire management including fire behavior, fuels, fire prevention and suppression, fire policy and fire ecology. Includes discussion of current fire management issues.
REM 151 Rangeland Principles (2 cr)
Rangelands are vast landscapes that cover most of western North America and the earth. Students will examine the ecological principles that cause these grasslands, shrublands, woodlands and deserts to change or stay the same. How humans use and manage these ecosystems will also be explored. The modern challenges of rangeland management must be met with broad thinking and new, sustainable practices to maintain and restore rangelands and the human communities that rely on them.
REM 299 (s) Directed Study (cr arr)
REM 340 Ethnobotany (2 cr)
Course covers the relationships between humans and plants and the ecology of important native wildland plants of western North America. Course focus is on the natural ecology, identification and cultural attributes (historical and present) of 50 to 75 important native wildland plant species found in forestland, rangeland and other wildland settings in the Northwest U.S. Recommended preparation: plant identification course. (Spring only)
REM 341 Systematic Botany (3 cr)
Phylogenetic approach to understanding plant systematics and evolution with a primary focus on the flora of the Pacific Northwest. Includes identification of important plant families and the use of dichotomous keys for species identification. (Spring only)
REM 252 Wildland Plant Identification Field Studies (3 cr)
Develop skills to identify, classify, and collect rangeland plants in the field. Focus on identification of grasses, forbs, and shrubs. Discussions will also encompass the ecological roles of wildland plants and the ecosystem classification. This course includes a 7 to 9-day field trip. Required for REM majors. (Spring only)
REM 353 Rangeland Plant Identification and Ecology (3 cr)
Classification, description, and identification of the most important rangeland and riparian plants in North America; particular reference to important ecological roles of these plants. Recommended Preparation: For 221 or REM 221. (Fall only).
REM 357 Ecological Monitoring and Analysis (4 cr)
Examines 1) principles to sample vegetation, soils and hydrologic function of upland and riparian areas in grasslands, shrublands and savannahs, and 2) monitoring design. Students collect, analyze and report ecological data related to scientific research, wildlife habitat, fire, grazing and land management practices. Three hours of lecture; one two-hour lab per week. Out-of-class field trips required. (Fall only).
Prereq: Stat 251 or Permission
REM 360 Rangeland Entomology (2 cr)
Much of the world's population depends upon the resources available from rangeland habitats. Rangeland resources are not only an economic asset, but they also serve a multitude of ecological functions. Students will be introduced to the complex community of insects that inhabit rangeland ecosystems and will be better able to understand the roles played by insects in rangeland systems and the impact that selected management practices may have on their ability to fulfill those roles. Recommended Preparation: Stat 251 and REM 221. (Fall only)
REM 398 (s) Renewable Natural Resources Internship (cr arr)
Supervised field experience with an appropriate public or private agency. Reqd for cooperative education students. Graded P/F.
Prereq: Permission of department
REM 400 (s) Seminar (cr arr)
REM 402 GIS Applications in Natural Resources (2 cr)
Course reviews basic GIS concepts emphasizing hands-on experience and independent problem solving. Topics include GIS/GPS integration, habitat inventory, site suitability studies, risk assessment, sources of spatial data, map accuracy, etc. ArcView software and extensions will be used in exercises. (Fall only)
REM 403 (s) Workshop (cr arr)
REM 404 (s) Special Topics (cr arr)
REM J407/J510 GIS Application in Fire Ecology and Management (2 cr)
Introduces applications of GIS in fire ecology, research, and management including incident mapping, fire progression mapping, GIS overlay analysis, remote sensing fire severity assessments, fire atlas analysis and the role of GIS in the Fire Regime Condition Class concept and the National Fire Plan. Additional assignment/projects required for graduate credit. (Spring only)
REM 410 Principles of Vegetation Measurement and Assessment (2 cr)
On-line course designed to give an overview of vegetation measurement techniques for grasslands, shrublands, woodlands, and forests. Students will gain a solid understanding of how to assess and monitor vegetation attributes relative to wildlife habitat, livestock forage, fire fuel characteristics, watershed function, and many other wildland values. Recommended Preparation: A basic statistics course and understanding of how to use computer spreadsheets such as Excel. (Fall only)
REM 429 Landscape Ecology (3 cr)
Ecological relationships and conservation issues for biotic communities across the landscape, including spatial and temporal dynamics and patterns, and importance of landscapes in maintenance of ecosystem diversity and function. One or more field trips; one 2-3 hour lab period per week. Recommended Preparation: Familiarity with spreadsheet programs and problem solving using computers. (Spring only)
REM 440 Wildland Restoration Ecology (3 cr)
Ecological principles and management practices involved in restoring and rehabilitating wildland ecosystems after disturbance or alteration to return damaged ecosystems to a productive and stable state. Recommended Preparation: a course in general ecology. (Spring only).
REM 450 Global Environmental Change (3 cr)
See Geog 450.
REM 452 Western Wildland Landscapes (2 cr)
Survey of wildland plant communities of western North America, focusing on their natural history, including the effects of use by human beings, based on their physical, climatic, and biological characteristics. (Spring only)
REM 456 Integrated Rangeland Management (3 cr)
Management strategies for integrating grazing with other natural resource values such as wildlife, water, timber, recreation, and aesthetics; emphasis on herbivore ecology including ecological impacts of grazing, ways to manage grazing, and nutritional relationships between plants and free-ranging ungulates on rangeland, pastureland, and forest ecosystems. One 1-week field trip. Recommended Preparation: REM 151. (Spring only)
REM 459 Rangeland Ecology (2 cr)
Application of ecological principles in rangeland management; stressing response and behavior of range ecosystems to various kinds and intensity of disturbance and management practice. Web only [www.uidaho.edu/range459/]. Recommended Preparation: a course in general ecology or Permission (Fall only).
REM 460 Rangeland Ecology Current Topics and Field Studies (1 cr)
Discussion of topics related to changing knowledge and technology relevant to ecology of grasslands, shrublands and woodlands. Min. five discussion classes; one five-day field trip. Required for REM majors. (Fall only)
Coreq: REM 459
REM 472 Remote Sensing of the Environment (3-4 cr)
See For 472. This is a cooperative course available to WSU degree-seeking students.
REM 483 Senior Project Presentation (1 cr)
See For 483.
REM 485 Ecology and Conservation Biology Senior Project (1-3 cr, max 3)
See WLF 485.
REM 497 Senior Research and Thesis (cr arr)
A research investigation, selected and designed jointly by the student and professor, during which the student has the opportunity to learn research techniques of experimental design, proposal writing, data collection and analysis, scientific writing, and publication; at completion, the student will produce a publishable journal manuscript and/or a conference presentation.
Prereq: Senior standing and Permission
REM 498 (s) Internship (cr arr)
REM 499 (s) Directed Study (cr arr)
For the individual student; conferences, library, field, or lab work.
Prereq: Senior standing, GPA 2.5, and Permission
REM 500 Master's Research and Thesis (cr arr)
REM 501 (s) Seminar (cr arr)
Major philosophy, management, and research problems of wildlands; presentation of individual studies on assigned topics.
REM 502 (s) Directed Study (cr arr)
REM 503 (s) Workshop (cr arr)
Selected topics in the conservation and management of natural resources.
REM 504 (s) Special Topics (cr arr)
REM 507 Landscape and Habitat Dynamics (3 cr)
Students explore landscape change occurring a variety of spatial and temporal scales, including global change, succession, disturbance events, and change induced by humans. Via scientific readings, models and spatial analysis students will learn how to quantify landscape change and how a change in environmental conditions and disturbance regimes may affect the composition of landscapes, specifically plant and animal habitats. Recommended Preparation: courses in ecology, statistics, and GIS. (Spring, alt/yrs)
REM J407/J510 GIS Application in Fire Ecology and Management (2 cr)
See REM J407/J510.
REM 527 Landscape Ecology of Forests and Rangelands (2-3 cr)
Ecological relationships of biotic communities in heterogeneous environments, spatial and temporal patterns, importance of landscapes in maintenance of ecosystem diversity and function. One 2-hr lecture/discussion a week based on extensive reading of current literature and case studies. In addition, those students taking 3 credits will meet an additional hour a week, focusing on quantitative landscape analysis, and they will participate in a 2-day field trip. (Spring only)
Prereq: Upper-division plant or animal ecology
REM 530 Stream Ecology (3 cr)
See Fish 530.
REM 551 Rangeland Vegetation Ecology (3 cr)
Ecological concepts of the nature, dynamics, and distribution of plant communities; secondary successional processes, soil-vegetation relations, and development of vegetation-classification schemes for better land management. This is a cooperative course available to WSU degree-seeking students. (Spring, Alt/odd yrs)
Prereq: Plant ecology and Permission
REM 556 Foraging Ecology of Herbivores (3 cr)
Behavioral processes of rangeland herbivore foraging, including domestic livestock and wild ungulates; techniques for researching rangeland herbivore foraging behavior; application of theoretical concepts to grazing management. This is a cooperative course available to WSU degree-seeking students. (Fall, alt odd/yrs)
REM 560 Plant Ecophysiology (3 cr)
Functional responses and adaptations of individual plant species to their environment, emphasizing morphological and physiological mechanisms that influence plant establishment, the physical environment, below- and above-ground productivity, and plant interactions such as competition, herbivory, and allelopathy. This is a cooperative course available to WSU degree-seeking students. (Fall only)
REM 597 (s) Practicum (cr arr)
REM 598 (s) Internship (cr arr)
REM 599 (s) Non-thesis Master's Research (cr arr)
Research not directly related to a thesis or dissertation.
REM 600 Doctoral Research and Dissertation (cr arr)
Prereq: Admission to the doctoral program in "natural resources" and Permission of department