This course will be unavailable beginning December 28, 2018.
Dan Perlman of Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts introduces key lessons from the sciences of ecology and conservation biology to help land use planners, developers, and members of planning boards manage the interface between humans and nature for the benefit of all parties. Incorporating ecological and conservation insights into planning and development will increase human health and safety, add to human pleasure, and help protect native species and ecosystems. By approaching our relationship with the natural world with care, we can receive tremendous benefit from the services and values that nature offers, avoid harm from pests and natural disaster, and function as good stewards of the lands we inhabit.
- Understanding Ecology is Both Practical and Necessary
- How Do Humans Affect Nature?
- How Does Nature Affects Humans?
- Benefits from Healthy Ecological Systems
- What Regulating Ecosystem Services does Nature Provide?
- What Supporting Ecosystem Services does Nature Provide?
- What Cultural Ecosystem Services does Nature Provide?
- Can We Restore Ecosystems?
- What are the Key Features of Your Ecological Neighborhood?
- What are the Effects of Different Types of Disturbances?
- Out of Control Populations
- Ecology is Historical
- Ecological Events Vary
- Inside the Focus Area
- Outside the Focus Area
- Climate Change
- Coda on Biodiversity