Objective: The course objectives are twofold: (1) expose students to state-of-the-science research on regional, continental, and global habitat distribution modeling and (2) present collaborative opportunities between the lecturers, CSU, and USGS for integrating habitat modeling research and Department of the Interior land management needs. The information on habitat modeling will be augmented with lectures on key datasets available for habitat modeling. Special attention will be given to modeling in the context of land management decisions.
Logistics: This will be a combined lecture series at the USGS Fort Collins Science Center (FORT) and a graduate special-topics course through Colorado State University’s Natural Resource Ecology Lab. The class will be co-run by Drs. Jeff Morisette and Michael Lefsky.
Attendees will meet in the main conference room at FORT on Wednesdays starting at 10:00am throughout the fall semester (Aug. 25 – Dec. 8, 2010). There will be a one-hour lecture, with time for questions. This will be followed by up to one hour of discussion in the FORT training room with the lecturer, instructors, and students. Students will be expected to review some specific literature before each lecture and write up a one-page summary of their reading, the lecture, and the discussion following each session.