Scott Nielsen, PhD, MSc, BSc

Professor (Conservation Biology), Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sci - Renewable Resources Dept

Winter Term 2021 (1740)

REN R 596 - Conservation Planning

★ 3 (fi 6)(SECOND, 1-0-3)

Conservation Planning is a quantitative, inter-disciplinary applied science that prioritizes conservation actions in a spatially-explicit manner. It seeks to understand trade-offs between biological, social and economic factors associated with land use activities. The course is a combination of computing labs that demonstrate key principles and software, lectures to discuss key issues, and a student-led final project to apply key concepts and quantitative techniques. Special emphasis is given to Alberta's land use planning challenges, although North American examples and exercises are also used. Not to be taken if credit received for REN R 496 or REN R 796.

LECTURE X50 (90486)
2021-01-11 - 2021-04-16
T 17:00 - 17:55 (TBD)

LAB X51 (90488)
2021-01-11 - 2021-04-16
T 18:00 - 20:00 (TBD)


REN R 906 - Research Project

★ 6 (fi 12)(VAR, UNASSIGNED)

The final research project that comprises REN R 906 is a final capping exercise for the degrees of MAg and MF. Its practical and professional focus should integrate the core areas of study in the program. The successful completion of the project entails (1) a research topic approved by the supervisor; (2) the presentation of a draft research proposal; and (3) the presentation of the research as a written document to the supervisor. The project may take the form of any of the following: (1) a formal analysis of management practice, organizational processes or policy; (2) a formative or summative evaluation of a research project or program; (3) a case study, using secondary documents, survey data, or interviews; or (4) replication of a previous study, with either the introduction of a new variable or an analysis in a changed context.

LECTURE B1 (90452)

REN R 496 - Conservation Planning

★ 3 (fi 6)(SECOND, 1-0-3)

Conservation Planning is a quantitative, inter-disciplinary applied science that prioritizes conservation actions in a spatially-explicit manner. It seeks to understand trade-offs between biological, social and economic factors associated with land use activities. The course is a combination of computing labs that demonstrate key principles and software, lectures to discuss key issues, and a student-led final project to apply key concepts and quantitative techniques. Special emphasis is given to Alberta's land use planning challenges, although North American examples and exercises are also used. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor, or (REN R 364 or ENCS 364) and (REN R 201 or EAS 221) and (STATS 141 or SCI 151) and *81 university level credits.

LECTURE X50 (90482)
2021-01-11 - 2021-04-16
T 17:00 - 17:55 (TBD)

LAB X51 (90484)
2021-01-11 - 2021-04-16
T 18:00 - 20:00 (TBD)

Summer Term 2021 (1760)

REN R 299 - Environmental and Conservation Sciences and Forestry Field School

★ 3 (fi 6)(SPR/SUM, 3 W)

Combines the concepts, theories and practices of environmental, conservation and forest sciences in an off-campus field experience. Field skill proficiency in planning, measurement, analysis and reporting is emphasized for biophysical and socioeconomic components of the environment. Prerequisites: *30 and REN R 110. REN R 205 or REN R 210 and a plant identification course are recommended. Students must complete this course prior to completion of the final *30 of their program. Requires payment of additional student instructional support fees. Refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students section of the Calendar.

LAB 850 (32620)