Ecological Risk Assessment for a Sustainable Environment
This course offers a broad introduction to the state-of-the-science and the practice of ecological risk assessment in multi-stressor contexts. Students are exposed to an array of the interrelated disciplines that are the foundation of ecological risk assessment. These include among others: stressor identification, systems ecology, population biology, chemical fate and transport, basic toxicology, restoration science, resource allocation, regulatory policy and guidelines, comparative risk analysis, and net outcomes evaluation. Case studies are presented to frame discussion and debate. In true whole-system fashion the class takes a global perspective, and we cover issues and examples from around the world and from varied ecosystems, from open oceans and alpine highlands to deserts, estuaries, wetlands, and densely settled urban environments.
Online class taught by Dr. David Ludwig
September 26, 2012 - December 2, 2012