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This page describes the primary (i.e. taught regularly) UMass on-campus courses and non-UMass continuing and professional education shortcourse taught by Dr. McGarigal.

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UMass on-campus Courses

Landscape ecology (ECo 621) -- Taught spring semester, even years; 4 credits; combined lecture and lab. This course provides an introduction to the field of landscape ecology that couples lectures on theory and applications with computer lab projects to provide hands-on practical experience using state-of-the-art landscape analysis tools. Restrictions: Graduate status in Environmental Conservation or Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, or consent of instructor. [click here for detailed course information]

 

Analysis of environmental data (ECo 602 & 634) -- Taught every fall semester; 3 credit lecture and 2 credit optional lab. The lecture portion of this course is a required quantitative science course for all incoming MS graduate students in the Department of Environmental Conservation (ECo). This course provides an introduction and overview of foundational concepts in statistics along with a road map of statistical methods in environmental conservation, and is coupled with an optional lab section that provides hands-on training in the use of the R programming language and statistical computing environment to conduct basic statistical analyses, which is prerequisite for all subsequent stats courses offered through ECo. Restrictions: Graduate status in Environmental Conservation or Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, or consent of instructor.[click here for detailed course information]


Applied multivariate statistics for ecological data (ECo 632) -- Taught spring semester, odd years; 4 credits; combined lecture and lab. This course provides an overview of multivariate statistical methods for ecological data that couples lectures on the theory with computer lab projects to provide hands-on practical experience using the R software to conduct multivariate analyses of real ecological data sets. Students are encourage to substitute their own data sets for the ones provided to get even more practical value from the course. This course is designed to be the fourth and final course in a four-course sequence of ecological statistics courses offered through ECo. Restrictions: Graduate status in Environmental Conservation or Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, or consent of instructor.[click here for detailed course information]

 

Non-UMass Continuing and Professional Education Course
Landscape Ecology in Theory and Practice: Application to Land Management -- This non-UMass course is offered privately by LandEco Consulting (Dr. McGarigal, sole propreitor); it provides an introduction to the field of landscape ecology that couples lectures on theory and applications with computer lab projects to provide hands-on practical experience using state-of-the-art landscape analysis tools. This course is designed specially for professional land managers (e.g., US Forest Service, US Bureau of Land Management, US Bureau of Indian Affairs and others) and is offered once or twice each year contingent upon enrollment; the first offering is limited to participants enrolled in the National Advanced Silvicultural Program (NASP), whereas the second offering is open to anyone.[click here for detailed course information]

For more information, please contact:
Dr. Kevin McGarigal
Department of Environmental Conservation
University of Massachusetts
304 Holdsworth Natural Resources Center
Box 34210, Amherst, MA 01003
Fax: (413) 545-4358; Phone: (413) 577-0655
Email: mcgarigalk@eco.umass.edu

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