Department of Geography and the Environment

Landscape Ecology and Biogeography

Biogeography is the study of the changing distributions of plants, animals, and ecosystems. It can be applied to study the conservation of natural environments, for example in nature reserves, or of species of special concern. One such application, Landscape Ecology, focuses on the study of the ecology of physical and biotic landscapes through time. This includes geoecology, the study of the relationships of plant and animal species and communities with surficial processes, geomorphology, and soils. The field of Landscape Ecology developed in the United States in the 1970s and has become a major area of growth in ecology through the applications of earth science approaches, quantitative methods, remote sensing, and GISc to ecological issues.

Students selecting this track take courses such as:

GRG 306C: Conservation

GRG 335N: Landscape Ecology

GRG 334C: Environmental Hazards

GRG 338C: Fluvial Geomorphology

GRG 356: Water Resources: Latin America/Caribbean

GRG 366C: Comparative Ecosystems