Restoration Ecology

PART OF: Ecological Restoration

Course description

This course provides advanced instruction on the ecological theory underlying restoration projects, emphasizing the unexpected connections that can have significant implications.

The material in this course falls into two broad themes:

  • ecological foundations: applications of ecology to advance restoration
  • ecological practice: using restoration to solve a problem in ecology

Learning objectives

In ecological foundations, you’ll explore the foundations of ecology as they apply to restoration ecology. This includes:

  • ecological theories
  • vegetation dynamics
  • trophic interactions
  • provocative issues such as assisted dispersal and hyperabundant and invasive species

In ecological practice, you’ll apply practical elements of advanced restoration ecology including:

  • adaptive management
  • decision-support tools
  • conceptual models
  • effective communication
  • technical writing using a planning framework

The course encourages you to broaden your approach to ecological restoration and deepen your understanding of the way nature works.


Acceptance into the ER Professional Specialization Certificate.

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

Additional Course Details


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

Next offering

Jan. 2 to April 9, 2017

Registration Details

If you’re not currently enrolled in the Ecological Restoration program, you must obtain approval from the Program Coordinator ( before registering.

Course tuition ($750) must be paid in full upon registration.

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