Natural Resources and Sustainability

Forest and Agricultural Sciences

NRM 625 (3 Credits) ADW:   Advanced Ungulate Management and Production Systems

Functional biology of large herbivores (ungulates) and management of the world’s grazing systems. Production strategies (cropping, herding, ranching, and farming) as they pertain to productive and/or commercial management of wild ungulates with emphasis on Alaska ’s species. Laboratory presents an introduction to flow charting, types of models, model design using various software, construction of a productive grazing system model, compling a written report to explain the system designed.

NRM 638 (3 Credits) Alt. Spring: GIS Programming

GIS programming for ArcView, Arc/Info and ArcGIS. Programming techniques for custominzing GIS, efficient batch processing and development of cuswtom tools for GIS display and analysis.

NRM 640 (3 credits) Alt. Spring: Simulation and Modeling in Resource Management

Introduction to and discussion of the use of simulation and modeling in natural resource management. Emphasis on concepts, strategies, and case studies.

NRM 641 (4 Credits) Fall: Natural Resource Applications of Remote Sensing

Application of remote sensing for inventory and analysis of natural resources. Topics include aerial photography applications and digital remote sensing, including image display, rectification, classification, and accuracy assessment.

NRM 651 (3 credits) Spring: Advanced Silviculture

Examines biological and environmental aspects of silviculture; addresses stand manipulation from the “silviculture system” approach and includes regeneration, vegetation management, stand tending, harvest with considerations for biodiversity, old-growth, wildlife habitat, and timber production. Ecological classification, landscape management, pre-harvest silvicultural prescriptions will be addressed.

NRM 659 (1 Credit) Fall: Boreal Forest Management and Soils (n)

Field trip in the Tanana Valley to address forest management and soils. Includes sites from Fairbanks to Northway and south to the Alaska Range . Includes soils of aeolian,   glacial, fluvial, residual landforms, supporting conifer, mixed conifer-hardwoord and hardwood forests. Includes wildfire sites young plantations, immature forest stands, mature forest, subalpine and thermokarst sites.

NRM 670 (3 credits) Alt. Fall: Biometeorology

Radiation balance, energy balance relations for natural and modified surfaces; physical environment in relation to biology and ecology of plants and animals, implications for resource and environmental management.

NRM 672 (3 Credits) Alt. Spring: Nutrient Cycling  

Examination of physical, chemical and biological processes controlling nutrient element recycling, availability and retention natural and managed ecosystems.

BIOL 672 (3 credits) Alt. Fall: Ecosystem Processes

A comparative approach to the structural and functional components of terrestrial ecosystems, emphasizing primary and secondary production and the dynamics of nutrient cycling processes. Interactions between producers, consumers and decomposition processes, and effects on the efficiencies of nutrient and energy transfers.

NRM 675 (3 Credits) Alt. Spring: Theoretical Forest Ecosystem Science

Theoretical concepts of forest ecosystem dynamics including theoretical developments in the description of plant growth, ecosystem productivity, decomposition, and plant carbon allocation. Development of a model using the basic theoretical constructs.

NRM 678 (3 Credits) Alt. Spring: Ecosystem Management

Ecosystem management addresses the current concepts being debated and used to manage renewable resources.   Students will, through reading, discussion and written exercises, develop understanding and applications of the concepts as well as draft definitions.

NRM 681 (3 Credits) Alt. Spring: Natural Area Protection and Management

An examination of the emergence of programs to identify, protect and maintain natural diversity and natural areas as a major factor in public and private resource management in the U.S. and Canada. Topics will include conservation biology principles, evolution and operating principles of natural area programs, natural area data management, natural area system administration,

NRM 685 (3 Credits) ADW: Soil Microbiology and Biochemistry

In-depth examination of several (4-5) current topics in soil microbiology and biochemistry. Based on readings from the primary literature and discussions in class. Each student will be expected to lead at least one discussion, write a research proposal, and present the proposal to the class.

NRM 688 (3 Credits) Spring: Land Management of Ecosystems

Natural resource topics related to management of the terrestrial environment in regions such as the Pacific Northwest, Hawaii , and the circumpolar north are presented.

NRM 689 (1 credit) ADW: Alaska Soil Geography Field Trip

Soil geography along ecological transect in selected areas of Alaska . Hands-on experiences on soil morphology and exposure to the relationships between soil genesis and other ecological factors including vegetation, geology, landform, climate, and hydrology. Includes discussion of soil classification and land use interpretations.

ATM 656 (3 credits) Alt. Spring: Climate and Climate Change

The climate of the planet earth and changes with time. Radiative fluxes, greenhouse effects, energy budget, hydrological cycle, the atmospheric composition and climatic zones. Physical and chemical reasons for climatic change.

BIOL 614 (2 credits) Alt. Fall: Foraging Ecology

The dynamics of herbivory, emphasizing the foraging process and including mechanisms of feeding, feeding behavior, habitat and plant selection, physiological influences on feeding, plant and community level responses, plant defenses against herbivory and management of plant-herbivore systems.

BIOL 622 (3 credits) Alt. Spring: Readings in Conservation Biology

Critcal reading and discussion of historical and contemporary literature concerning extinction patterns, population viability and the preservation, design and management of habitats for small populations. Stresses integration of principles into strategies for biological conservation.

BIOL 659 (4 credits) Fall: Wildlife nutrition

Concepts and techniques used by wildlife biologists to understand relationships between wild animals and their habitats. Techniques for constructing energy and nutrient budgets of wild animals and applications of these budgets to population-level processes and habitat management.

BIOL 669 (3 credits) Spring: Landscape Ecology and Wildlife Habitat

A problem based learning and critical thinking approach to modern methods in landscape ecology, including geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing, modeling, software, and the internet.

BIOL 675 (3 credits) Alt. Fall: Plant Physiological Ecology

Physiological ecology of dormancy, germination, growth, photosynthesis, water relations and nutrition with emphasis on northern and other stressful environments; relationship to community and ecosystem processes.

CHEM 631 (3 credits) Alt. Spring: Environmental Fate and Transport

Examination of the physical properties that govern the behavior, fate and transport of contaminants released into the environment. Topics include air-water partitioning, diffusion, sorption, chemical and biological transformation reactions, and modeling concepts.

ENVE 642 (3 credits) Alt Spring: Contaminant Hydrology

Theoretical and applied aspects of the movement of contaminants through saturated and unsaturated soil.

GEOS 616 (3 credits) Alt. Spring: Permafrost

The study of the occurrence, thickness, environmental problems, and mass energy transport of permafrost, including soil and ice interaction, freezing and thawing processes, and mechanical and electrical properties and processes