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.
Acceptance into the ER Professional Specialization Certificate or equivalent work and/or education experience.
This course may be available online. Students login to the course and communicate with the instructor and fellow students via the Internet. All assignments and course activities are submitted electronically to the course instructor.
Using mobile devices in online courses
If you are planning on accessing your online courses using a mobile device such as a tablet or a smartphone, please note that not all required course features will be accessible with these devices. To fully function in your online courses, you will need to have access to a computer running Windows or MacOS.
Course drop dates:
Tuesday, January 17, 2017- Last day for 100% tuition refund.
Tuesday, February 7, 2017 - Last day for 50% of tuition refund.
Tuesday, February 28, 2017- Last day for withdrawing without penalty of failure.