General Information


School of Environmental and Forest Sciences



Academic Integrity

Plagiarism, cheating, and other misconduct are serious violations of your contract as a student. We expect that you will know and follow the University's policies on cheating and plagiarism. Any suspected cases of academic misconduct will be handled according to University regulations. More information, including definitions and examples, can be found at:


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.


Field Trip Insurance

Field Trip insurance is strongly recommended for all students registered in any CFR course which includes field trips. Students who do not have the regular University health insurance or adequate personal coverage should consider obtaining a special short-term policy at $0.85 per day for the course of the field trips. Information and applications are available on pages 27-29 at:  The completed application and payment (made out to the University of Washington) must be made to the Cashier's Office, 129 Schmitz Hall before the trip.


Required texts:            

Turner, M. G., Gardner, R. H., and R. V. O’Neill.  2001. Landscape Ecology in Theory and Practice. Springer, New York.


Required papers: In addition to chapters from the two textbooks, we may read one or two additional papers from the primary literature each week. You are responsible for reading both the textbook readings and any assigned papers.


Discussions:  Classes will usually consist of one hour of lecture followed by one hour of discussion of the assigned readings.  You will be graded on your participation in discussion.

Field trip:  There will be one required overnight field trip leaving Seattle on 10/4 and returning on 10/6. The trip will be to the Wind River Experimental Forest and the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. 

Position papers:  You will write two short (~5 page double spaced) papers in response to questions about the weekly readings. Due dates for the original submissions and the rewrites are posted on the schedule webpage. 

Exams:  There will be a midterm exam and a take-home final exam due during finals week.

Grading:  Grades will be determined as follows: 25% midterm, 20% position papers, 20% participation (discussions and field trip), and 35% final exam.

All assignments will be turned in via E-Submit.  Instructions on E-Submit will be provided in the second week of class.  All assignments are due by 7:00 pm of the due date.  Assignments received after that time will not be accepted.