Invasive Species and Novel Ecosystems

PART OF: Ecological Restoration Professional Specialization Certificate

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.

Prerequisites

Acceptance into the ER Professional Specialization Certificate or equivalent work and/or education experience.

Format

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

Next offering

Sept. to Dec., 2018

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