Invasive Species and Novel Ecosystems

Code: ER504
Apply this course towards: Ecological Restoration

Course description

Invasive species are highly successful species often dispersed by people, frequently transported by commercial or recreational activities. In this course we’ll examine the biology of invasive species, focusing on the life-history adaptations and dispersal strategies that contribute to their success at both the individual and population levels.

Upon completing the course, you’ll be able to:

  • identify common invasive species
  • describe their distributions, life cycles, growth habits, reproductive characteristics and adaptation

You’ll also learn about control options including preventative, cultural, biological and chemical control methods.

Finally, you’ll explore novel ecosystems that are created when invasive species insert themselves into the fabric of natural ecosystems, and the problems they pose to traditional approaches to ecosystem management such as when an endangered species becomes dependent on an invasive species for its survival.

This course is eligible for Society of Ecological Restoration (SER) Continuing Education Credits.

Prerequisites

Acceptance into the ER Professional Specialization Certificate.

Equivalent work and/or education experience is considered for non-program students. To request permission contact ecorestoration@uvic.ca.

Format

Online Moodle-based format over a 14-week period, requiring approximately 10 hours of coursework per week.

Non-refundable Fee Policy

NOTE: NEW Non-refundable fee policy

Course fees will be fully refundable if you withdraw a minimum of 10 business days* prior to the start date of a course. After that, a non-refundable fee of $50.00 will be charged in addition to the regular UVic fee reduction deadlines listed in the UVic Calendar https://web.uvic.ca/calendar/general/dates.html

*A business day is considered an official work day and does not include statutory holidays or weekends.

This non-refundable fee policy will take effect January 1st, 2019.

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