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by: Micaela Ankunding
Micaela Ankunding
Utah State University
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Fred Provenza

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Date Created: 10/28/15
WILD 7030 PlantHerbivore Interactions Fred Provenza Spring 2009 Instructor Fred Provenza BNR 277 Of ce Hours 12200 1200 T H Lecture ENGR 206 900 to 1015 TH Lectures and Reading Available on line on Blackboard Vista Through lectures and dialog we will explore functional relationships among soils plants herbivores and people as they pertain to managing landscapes We will discuss behavioral principles and processes explore avenues for research and talk about implications for agricultural production involving feedlots pastures and rangelands enhancing and maintaining biodiversity through grazing ecosystem restoration involving grazing invasive species and riparian areas enhancing wildlife values by mitigating human wildlife con icts and conservation biology including re introducing endangered species Throughout the course we emphasize principles of plant and animal behavior Once understood behavioral principles can be translated into practices that provide an array of solutions to challenges people face in managing to improve the integrity of the land and to make a living from the land Unlike the infrastructure of a ranch such as corrals fences and water development behavioral solutions cost little to implement they are not fossil fuel intensive and they are easily transferred from one situation to the next In the case of grazing for instance behavioral solutions are increasingly attractive given growing economic and environmental concerns with the use of re herbicides and mechanical means for rejuvenating landscapes Unfortunately scientists and managers often ignore the power of behavior to transform systems despite compelling evidence We know the environment continually interacting with the genome during the growth and development of an organism creates behavioral responses Though experiences during development in utero and early in life are especially critical genome environment interactions continue throughout life and they constitute what it means for all organisms to be locally adapted to landscapes Thus the issue isn t if creatures are adapting to ongoing changes in biophysical environments they do so every day of their lives The only question is whether or not people want to be a part of that process For those willing to understand how environments interact with the genome to create behaviors ours and other creatures the potential is virtually unlimited The challenge is to understand and apply the principles to all facets of one s life In that sense rather than developing and transferring technology packages we will discuss how to change fundamentally the way people understand and use behavior to manage ecosystems We want people to realize the power of behavior to transform systems ecologically economically and socially Weeleates January 6 January 8 January 13 15 January 20 22 January 27 29 February 3 5 February 10 12 February 17 February 19 February 24 26 March 3 March 5 March 10 12 March 17 March 19 March 24 26 April 2 April 7 9 April 14 16 April 21 April 23 Subject Matter Course Overview Science Myth Management Science Myth Management Science Myth Management Dynamics of Plant Behavior Evolution Dynamics of Plant Behavior Tolerance Dynamics of Plant Behavior ToleranceAvoidance No Class President s Day Dynamics of Plant Behavior Avoidance Dynamics of Plant Behavior Avoidance Mid Term Exam Due March 5 open book take home Challenges Herbivores Face in Foraging Models of Diet and Habitat Selection No Class Spring Break Models of Diet and Habitat Selection Principles ofAnimal Behavior More than a Matter of Taste Transgenerational Linkages Transgenerational Linkages The Spice of Life The Spice of Life Transcending Boundaries Final Exam Due April 28 open book take home


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