Landscape Ecology 2013

ESRM 441

Text Box: Instructor: Dr. James A. Freund
Office hours: Tuesday 12:30-1:30
Winkenwerder Hall 208
Phone: (206) 543-7940

Instructor E-mail:

Class Mailing List: 
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J. Franklin

J. Lutz

Cedar Flats Research Natural Area

Yosemite National Park

Columbia River Gorge Field Trip:


Release Forms


Wind River Experiment Station Research Facility :  WRCCRF Info


 The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area:  Gorge Features,  CRGNSA part 1,  CRGNSA part 2

Academic Integrity

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Disability Accommodations

To request academic accommodations due to a disability, please contact Disabled Student Services, 448 Schmitz, (206)543-8924 (V/TTY). If you have a letter from Disabled Student Services indicating that you have a disability which requires academic accommodations, please present the letter to the instructor so we can discuss the accommodations needed for this class.



Tuesdays 9:30-11:20 and Thursdays 1:30-3:20 (WFS 107)


Landscape ecology is the study of the causes of environmental pattern and the effect of spatial pattern on ecological processes.  As a discipline, it provides us with a new way of viewing and investigating ecological systems.  Until recently, ecologists generally ignored environmental heterogeneity and spatial pattern, either setting up studies to control for heterogeneity or assuming it had little effect on the question being addressed.  Landscape ecology explicitly investigates the role of pattern and heterogeneity in ecological systems. 

This course will provide you with an overview of landscape ecology.  It is designed to introduce you to the many diverse aspects of the field and to expose you to applications of landscape ecology for both management and conservation.