Methods in Adaptive Management for Ecological Restoration

Code: ER338C
Apply this course towards: Restoration of Natural Systems – Certificate, Restoration of Natural Systems – Diploma

Course description

This course discusses the philosophy and methods of adaptive management, and introduces monitoring and mapping as decision-making tools. It will cover topics including data management, data collection technologies, data visualization/analysis, and both quantitative and qualitative mapping techniques. These methods are key to informed responses in adaptive management decisions.

Day 1: Introduction

  • Introduction to adaptive management
  • Importance of monitoring and data management
  • Introduction to data technologies

Day 2: Monitoring as decision-making tool

  • Experimental design and use in management
  • Case studies
  • Visualizing and analyzing experimental outcomes

Day 3: Mapping as a decision-making tool

  • Introduction to community mapping
  • Introduction to geospatial data
  • Introduction to field equipment
  • Creating useful maps

Day 4: Applications in the field

  • Mapping invasive species occurrence (on field site, TBA)
  • Monitoring invasive species density (on site)
  • Cleaning and storing field data (back to lab)

Day 5: Scenario planning and wrap-up

  • Documentation best practices
  • Scenario exercise
  • Presentations


Acceptance to the RNS program or a combination of work and/or education experience equivalent to third-year standing.

  • If you’re not currently enrolled in the Restoration of Natural Systems (RNS) program, including UVic and Letter of Permission students from RRU and TRU, you must obtain approval from the Program Coordinator ( before registering.

Tuition and fee payment

  • RNS Diploma students pay $100 of the course tuition upon registration, with the remainder paid to UVic Tuition.
  • RNS Certificate students pay the full course tuition upon registration.

To drop a course call 250-472-4747

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

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

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