ARC 537-U357- Urban Ecology and Systems
Course No.: 24313
Semester: 2014 Spring
Location: Diefendorf – 202
Meeting Day(s): Monday
Meeting Time: 6:00PM - 8:40PM
The 80-mile waterway between Lake Huron and Lake Erie is a continuously-dredged navigation channel that drops only 6 feet along its entire length. This channel is flanked by both heavy urbanization and intense farming practices and constitutes one of the closest water-separated borders between the United States and Canada. Issues such as navigation, dredging, water loss, pollution, habitat destruction and invasive species all become imperative at this location within the Great Lakes system.
This seminar will use the study of this transect as a means to explore the ecological implications of various land uses – urbanization in particular. Course format will stress readings, research, graphic communication, field work and collaboration with Landscape Architecture students from Penn State University. The product of the course will be an exhibition showcasing the interrelation of ecological and anthropogenic systems in this unique location within the Great Lakes Basin.