Category: Ecological Research
Title: Education In Ecological Restoration At Northern Arizona University
Author: * Covington, W.W. , * Fule, P.Z. , Alcoze, T.A. , * Vance, R.K.
Subject: Ecological Restoration, Research, NAU
Abstract: Universities today struggle to prepare students for an increasingly interdisciplinary world while maintaining focus in the academic major and still graduating students in four years. Even longstanding disciplinary programs of study, such as forestry, are continually being revised to address the changing skills required of college graduates (Fox et al. 1996). Ecological restoration is rapidly developing as an independent field of study, coalescing around a growing theoretical, philosophical, and practical body of knowledge (Higgs 1997; LavendeI1999). But restoration per se is a complement-not a substitute- for specific skills in resource management, hydrology, policy, environmental communication, or other aspects of human-wildland interaction. At Northern Arizona University, we have developed a flexible program to offer restoration theory and practice. Students may take just one class or enroll in a program leading to a restoration emphasis with an independent senior research and fieldw...
Source: Journal of Forestry
Publisher: Society of American Foresters, http://www.safnet.org/