Bioregionalism

Course Code BI-310
Lecture hours per week 2
Lab hours per week 2
Course Availability: Open
Description: In this course, students will expand on their knowledge of the physical and ecological factors responsible for the development of Canadian bioregions and assess the current pressures on these areas. Emphasis is placed on a broad ecosystem approach that integrates chemistry, civil engineering, legislation and biology. A key component of the course is on field assessment and evaluation of local sites based on the Toronto Region Conservation Authority’s Management Plan for Highland Creek (1999) and the Ministry of Natural Resources’ Rouge Marsh Restoration Plan (2000). Field work uses the Canadian classification systems for terrestrial ecozones, vegetation and wetlands. The laboratory and field work provides experience using instruments, statistical techniques and assessment models.