LSO436 - Bringing Back Nature: Ecological Restoration

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Subject Title
Bringing Back Nature: Ecological Restoration

Subject Description

What drives the demise of natural places in and around our cities? Once nature is lost, can it ever be restored to its original state? Who is responsible for bringing back nature to our urban environments?

Students investigate how natural environments become degraded or lost altogether, and how nature can be restored through ecological restoration efforts grounded in the science of restoration ecology. Students explore how the interpretation of landscapes and the use of natural heritage data (flora and fauna) may help support an ecological design that is resilient to increased human pressures. Students engage with the principles and best practices in ecological restoration, and conclude the course with the creation of their own ecological restoration plan for a natural space.

Credit Status
One liberal studies credit.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

On successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:


1. Discuss the social, psychological, economic, and cultural impacts a damaged, degraded or lost natural environment can have on human society.

2. Discuss why degraded natural environments benefit from ecological restoration.

3. Apply ecological restoration principles and practices (terrestrial and aquatic) that fulfill the goals of restoration ecology.

4. Interpret features present in healthy natural environments (flora, fauna, landscapes) to identify opportunities for remediation where natural spaces are under stress.

5. Analyze challenges and opportunities in local and global ecological restoration projects.

6. Design a restoration plan for a degraded natural space that raises the area’s ecological and social capacity.

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