Ecological Restoration MS
Through experiential learning, Ecological Restoration graduate students integrate and apply theories, concepts, and observations firsthand. Students will experience the variability and uniqueness of ecosystems, and the difficulty of applying the same concepts to all sites. A case-based learning methodology will also be used throughout the program to provide students exposure to restoring ecosystems in other areas of the world. Case studies will illustrate how concepts can be integrated and applied to complex ecological systems. Students will be actively engaged in discussion of specific problems in complex, real-world situations. This method is student-centered and involves the exchange of ideas among participants. The instructor’s role will be that of a facilitator, while students address problems collaboratively. A key component of the Ecological Restoration degree will be the field visits to active restoration projects in the Lower Mainland and other parts of British Columbia. The extensive ecological disturbance and damage that has occurred throughout the Lower Mainland provides real-world opportunities to apply skills in a broad range of restoration activities. Real-world scenarios in ecological restoration will be presented through assignments and team-based projects within courses. These projects will allow students to apply their knowledge from classroom and lab sessions.
Critically assess degraded ecosystems at different temporal and spatial scales and locations (local to international) and identify primary causal factors contributing to the declining state of target ecosystems. Design a restoration prescription (unique to target sites and project goals) by integrating ecological principles (theoretical) and physical processes with applied restoration techniques. Develop and initiate detailed monitoring programs needed to assess the success of restoration programs and to identify approaches to guide the restoration process. Adapt and modify the restoration approach as deemed appropriate based on monitoring results within an adaptive management framework. Establish strong scientifically-based approaches (research skills) to enhance reliable knowledge in the field of restoration ecology (the scientific foundation of ecological restoration). Act as a team leader and engage in respectful community engagement and planning of ecological restoration projects. Operate with a historically informed and policy sensitive understanding of the cultural practices and protocols of First Nations. Communicate effectively with all stakeholders as required to successfully initiate and conduct restoration programs. Develop and apply project management guidelines for each stage of a restoration project. Display and encourage behaviour that reflects integrity, responsibility, and the values and ethics of professional restoration practitioners.