REM - Rangeland Ecology & Mgmt

Randall Brooks, Dept. Head, Dept. of Forest, Rangeland, and Fire Sciences (205B CNR  Bldg. 83844-1135; phone 208/885-6536).

Prerequisite:  Courses in this subject field that are numbered above 299 are not open to undergraduate students on academic probation.

REM 144 Wildland Fire Management

REM 144 Wildland Fire Management (2 cr)

Introduction to wildland fire management including fire behavior, fuels, fire prevention and suppression, fire policy and fire ecology. Includes discussion of current fire management issues.

REM 151 Rangeland Principles

REM 151 Rangeland Principles (2 cr)

Rangelands are vast landscapes that cover most of western North America and the earth. Students will examine the ecological principles that cause these grasslands, shrublands, woodlands and deserts to change or stay the same. How humans use and manage these ecosystems will also be explored. The modern challenges of rangeland management must be met with broad thinking and new, sustainable practices to maintain and restore rangelands and the human communities that rely on them.

REM 152 Rangeland Ecosystem Exploration

REM 152 Rangeland Ecosystem Exploration (1 cr)

Students will explore the climates, plants, animals, and human communities of rangeland throughout North America and the globe. The grasslands, shrublands, woodlands, and deserts that are collectively called rangelands include extensive challenges and opportunities for management and conservation. Students will individually explore these ecosystems through photos, ecosystem descriptions, videos, and internet-based tools. In discussions and presentations, students will collectively share their findings about these incredible rangeland ecosystems. (Fall only)

REM 200 Seminar

REM 200 (s) Seminar (cr arr)

REM 203 Workshop

REM 203 (s) Workshop (cr arr)

REM 204 Special Topics

REM 204 (s) Special Topics (cr arr)

REM 221 Ecology

REM 221 Ecology (3 cr)

Same as For 221. Fundamental principles of ecology. Major topics covered by the course include the physical environment, how organisms interact with each other and their environment, evolutionary processes, population dynamics, communities, energy flow and ecosystems, human influences on ecosystems, and the integration and scaling of ecological processes through systems ecology. Computer-based materials are used extensively for guided independent learning of ecology; a good working knowledge of Windows-based computer systems is recommended. An online version of this course is offered as a separate section. Course information: EcologyOnline.net. Recommended Preparation: Introductory botany and zoology.

Prereq: Biol 102/Biol 102L or Biol 114 or Biol 115 or PlSc 205; or Permission

REM 252 Wildland Plant Identification Field Studies

REM 252 Wildland Plant Identification Field Studies (2 cr)

Develop skills to identify and classify major rangeland plants. Focus is on identification of grasses, forbs, and shrubs. Discussions will also encompass the ecological roles of wildland plants and the ecosystem classification. This course includes a 1-day field trip. Required for REM majors. (Spring only)

REM 253 Wildland Plant Identification Field Studies

REM 253 Wildland Plant Identification Field Studies (1 cr)

Develop skills to identify rangeland plants in the field. Focus is on identification of grasses, forbs, and shrubs. Exploration will include ecosystem roles of wildland plants and developing ecological site descriptions. This course includes a 6-day field trip at the beginning of the summer semester. Required for REM majors.

Prereq: REM 252

REM 280 Introduction to Wildland Restoration

REM 280 Introduction to Wildland Restoration (2 cr)

History and overview of the ecological, social, and economic aspects of wildland restoration using case studies. Students will explore approaches and philosophies towards restoring and rehabilitating wildlands that have been damaged through natural forces and human activities such as wildfire, overgrazing, cultivation, and weed invasion.

REM 299 Directed Study

REM 299 (s) Directed Study (cr arr)

REM 340 Ethnobotany

REM 340 Ethnobotany (2 cr)

Course covers the relationships between humans and plants and the ecology of important native wildland plants of western North America. Course focus is on the natural ecology, identification and cultural attributes (historical and present) of 50 to 75 important native wildland plant species found in forestland, rangeland and other wildland settings in the Northwest U.S. Recommended preparation: plant identification course. (Spring only)

REM 341 Systematic Botany

REM 341 Systematic Botany (3 cr)

Phylogenetic approach to understanding plant systematics and evolution with a primary focus on the flora of the Pacific Northwest. Includes identification of important plant families and the use of dichotomous keys for species identification. (Spring only)

Prereq:Biol 114 or Biol 115/115L; and Biol 213 or PlSc 205

REM 398 Renewable Natural Resources Internship

REM 398 (s) Renewable Natural Resources Internship (cr arr)

Supervised field experience with an appropriate public or private agency. Reqd for cooperative education students. Graded P/F.

Prereq: Permission of department

REM 400 Seminar

REM 400 (s) Seminar (cr arr)

REM 402 GIS Applications in Natural Resources

REM 402 GIS Applications in Natural Resources (2 cr)
Course reviews basic GIS concepts emphasizing hands-on experience and independent problem solving. Topics include GIS/GPS integration, habitat inventory, site suitability studies, risk assessment, sources of spatial data, map accuracy, etc. ArcView software and extensions will be used in exercises. (Fall only)

REM 403 Workshop

REM 403 (s) Workshop (cr arr)

REM 404 Special Topics

REM 404 (s) Special Topics (cr arr)

REM 405 Professional Development

REM 405 (s) Professional Development (cr arr)

REM 407 GIS Application in Fire Ecology and Management

REM J407/J510 GIS Application in Fire Ecology and Management (2 cr)

Introduces applications of GIS in fire ecology, research, and management including incident mapping, fire progression mapping, GIS overlay analysis, remote sensing fire severity assessments, fire atlas analysis and the role of GIS in the Fire Regime Condition Class concept and the National Fire Plan. Additional assignment/projects required for graduate credit. (Spring only)

Prereq: For 375 or Geog 385; or Permission

REM 410 Principles of Vegetation Measurement

REM 410 Principles of Vegetation Measurement (2 cr)

On-line course designed to give an overview of vegetation measurement techniques for grasslands, shrublands, woodlands, and forests. Students will gain a solid understanding of how to evaluate and monitor vegetation attributes relative to wildlife habitat, livestock forage, fire fuel characteristics, watershed function, and many other wildland values. Recommended Preparation: A basic statistics course and understanding of how to use computer spreadsheets such as Excel. (Fall only) Students who desire a hands-on and interactive experience with vegetation measurement are encouraged to also enroll in REM 411 which is a course the builds on the principles delivered in REM410 and includes field experiences.

REM 411 Wildland Habitat Ecology and Assessment

REM 411 Ecological Monitoring and Analysis (2 cr)

Field and data analysis course where students collect, analyze, and report ecological data related to scientific research, wildlife habitat, fire, grazing, and land management practices. Class field trips required. Recommended preparation: Ability to use excel. Co-enrollment in REM 410 is recommended.

Prereq: Stat 251 or Permission

REM 429 Landscape Ecology

REM 429 Landscape Ecology (3 cr)

Same as For 429. Ecological relationships and conservation issues for biotic communities across the landscape, including spatial and temporal dynamics and patterns, and importance of landscapes in maintenance of ecosystem diversity and function. One or more field trips; one 2-3 hour lab period per week. Recommended Preparation: Familiarity with spreadsheet programs and problem solving using computers. (Spring only)

Prereq: For 221 or REM 221

REM 440 Wildland Restoration Ecology

REM 440 Wildland Restoration Ecology (3 cr)

Ecological principles and management practices involved in restoring and rehabilitating wildland ecosystems after disturbance or alteration to return damaged ecosystems to a productive and stable state. (Spring only)

Prereq: For 221, or REM 221, or equivalent general ecology course

REM 450 Global Environmental Change

REM 450 Global Environmental Change (3 cr)

Same as NRS 450. Major global environmental changes addressed using an interdisciplinary approach. Topics may include processes and principles of ecosystems, biogeochemical cycles, impacts and mitigation of climatic change, atmospheric chemistry, feedbacks between climate and various earth system processes, and trends in global biodiversity.

Prereq: Math 143 or Stat 251

REM 452 Western Wildland Landscapes

REM 452 Western Wildland Landscapes (2 cr)

Survey of wildland plant communities of western North America, focusing on their natural history, including the effects of use by human beings, based on their physical, climatic, and biological characteristics. (Spring only)

Prereq: For 221 or REM 221; or Permission

REM 456 Integrated Rangeland Management

REM 456 Integrated Rangeland Management (3 cr)

Management strategies for integrating grazing with other natural resource values such as wildlife, water, timber, recreation, and aesthetics; emphasis on herbivore ecology including ecological impacts of grazing, ways to manage grazing, and nutritional relationships between plants and free-ranging ungulates on rangeland, pastureland, and forest ecosystems. One 4 to 5 day field trip. Recommended Preparation: REM 151. (Spring only)

Prereq: Engl 313 or Engl 317

REM 459 Rangeland Ecology

REM 459 Rangeland Ecology (2 cr)

Application of ecological principles in rangeland management; stressing response and behavior of range ecosystems to various kinds and intensity of disturbance and management practice. Web only [ http://www.cnr.uidaho.edu/range459bunting/]. Recommended Preparation: courses in general ecology (e.g., REM 221), technical writing (e.g., Engl 317), and vegetation assessment (e.g., REM 411 or For 274) or Permission (Fall only).

REM 460 Integrating GIS and Field Studies in Rangelands

REM 460 Rangeland Ecology Current Topics and Field Studies (1 cr)

Topics related to changing knowledge and technology related to GIS and spatial analysis relevant to ecology of grasslands, shrublands and woodlands. Min. six integrated GIS labs; one five-day field trip. Required for REM majors. (Fall only)

Coreq: REM 459

REM 472 Remote Sensing of the Environment

REM 472 Remote Sensing of the Environment (4 cr)

See For 472. Cooperative: open to WSU degree-seeking students.

REM 473 ECB Senior Presentation

REM 473 ECB Senior Presentation (1 cr)

See Fish 473.

REM 480 Ecological Restoration

REM J480/J580 Ecological Restoration (3 cr)

Planning and implementing restoration projects in conjunction with land agencies and stakeholders. Includes service-learning projects. Field trip(s) required. Additional literature review, reports, discussion and/or a class project are required for students pursuing this as a 500-level course.

Prereq: REM 440 or Permission

REM 483 Senior Project Presentation

REM 483 Senior Project Presentation (1 cr)

See For 483.

REM 485 Ecology and Conservation Biology Senior Project

REM 485 Ecology and Conservation Biology Senior Project (1-3 cr, max 3)

See WLF 485.

REM 495 Teaching Practicum

REM J495/J595 Teaching Practicum (1-3 cr, max arr)

Gen Ed: Senior Experience

Provides students with peer teaching experience and assisting an instructor. May include classroom activities, grading assignments, developing materials, and/or participating in field trips. Students who take this course as the graduate level, as REM 595, will be asked to do additional work related to developing a teaching philosophy, developing assessment, or experimenting with specific pedagogical approaches with the faculty supervisor.

Prereq: Permission

REM 497 Senior Research and Thesis

REM 497 Senior Research and Thesis (cr arr)

A research investigation, selected and designed jointly by the student and professor, during which the student has the opportunity to learn research techniques of experimental design, proposal writing, data collection and analysis, scientific writing, and publication; at completion, the student will produce a publishable journal manuscript and/or a conference presentation.

Prereq: Senior standing and Permission

REM 498 Internship

REM 498 (s) Internship (cr arr)

Supervised field experience where students define specific topics and skills in rangeland management they wish to gain, develop a learning plan, and present a final report of knowledge gained or project outcomes. The internships will be overseen by an on-site field supervisor and a faculty mentor. Instructor permission required.

REM 499 Directed Study

REM 499 (s) Directed Study (cr arr)

For the individual student; conferences, library, field, or lab work.

Prereq: Senior standing, GPA 2.5, and Permission

REM 500 Master's Research and Thesis

REM 500 Master's Research and Thesis (cr arr)

REM 501 Seminar

REM 501 (s) Seminar (cr arr)

Major philosophy, management, and research problems of wildlands; presentation of individual studies on assigned topics.

Prereq: Permission

REM 502 Directed Study

REM 502 (s) Directed Study (cr arr)

REM 503 Workshop

REM 503 (s) Workshop (cr arr)

Selected topics in the conservation and management of natural resources.

Prereq: Permission

REM 504 Special Topics

REM 504 (s) Special Topics (cr arr)

REM 505 Professional Development

REM 505 (s) Professional Development (cr arr)

REM 507 Landscape and Habitat Dynamics

REM 507 Landscape and Habitat Dynamics (3 cr)

Students explore landscape change occurring a variety of spatial and temporal scales, including global change, succession, disturbance events, and change induced by humans. Via scientific readings, models and spatial analysis students will learn how to quantify landscape change and how a change in environmental conditions and disturbance regimes may affect the composition of landscapes, specifically plant and animal habitats. Recommended Preparation: courses in ecology, statistics, and GIS. (Spring, alt/yrs)

Prereq: Permission

REM 510 GIS Application in Fire Ecology and Management

REM 510 GIS Application in Fire Ecology and Management (2 cr)

See REM J407/J510.

REM 551 Rangeland Vegetation Ecology

REM 551 Rangeland Vegetation Ecology (3 cr)
Ecological concepts of the nature, dynamics, and distribution of plant communities; secondary successional processes, soil-vegetation relations, and development of vegetation-classification schemes for better land management. Cooperative: open to WSU degree-seeking students. (Spring, Alt/odd yrs)

REM 556 Foraging Ecology of Herbivores

REM 556 Foraging Ecology of Herbivores (2 cr)

Synthesis of foraging behavior concepts including nutritive quality of forages, digestive and metabolic constraints, and diet and habitat selection. Cooperative: open to WSU degree-seeking students. (Fall, alt odd/yrs)

REM 560 Ecophysiology

REM 560 Ecophysiology (3 cr)

Functional responses and adaptations of individual species to their environment, emphasizing the physiological mechanisms that influence the interactions between organisms and the major environmental factors (e.g., solar radiation, energy balance, temperature, water and nutrients, climate), and how this affects the interactions among species and their growth and survival (e.g., competition, herbivory, and allelopathy).The interactive learning materials are compatible only with computers that are 100% compatible with the Windows operating system and the browser, Internet Explorer. (Fall only)

Prereq: A course in general ecology (i.e. REM 221) and general botany, or Permission [www.EcologyOnline.net]

REM 580 Ecological Restoration

REM 580 Ecological Restoration (3 cr)

See REM J480/J580.

REM 595 Teaching Practicum

REM 595 Teaching Practicum (1-3 cr, max arr)

See REM J495/J595.

REM 597 Practicum

REM 597 (s) Practicum (cr arr)

REM 598 Internship

REM 598 (s) Internship (cr arr)

REM 599 Non-thesis Master's Research

REM 599 (s) Non-thesis Master's Research (cr arr)

Research not directly related to a thesis or dissertation.

Prereq: Permission

REM 600 Doctoral Research and Dissertation

REM 600 Doctoral Research and Dissertation (cr arr)

Prereq: Admission to the doctoral program in 'natural resources' and Permission of department