Examines the ecological foundations of Agroecology, largely from a biophysical perspective. Over the course of three sequential modules, students will explore the fundamental principles of ecology and their application to agricultural systems and landscapes. Students will be challenged to evaluate agricultural systems from an ecological perspective. By comparing and contrasting conventional and agroecological rationale and productions, students will identify and understand how to apply ecological strategies for the development of sustainable agricultural strategies.
1. Develop a baseline understanding of ecology and evolution and their application to agroecosystems
2. Understand the ecological relationship(s) of agroecosystems to their surrounding ecosystems
3. Establish an ecological framework for evaluating and managing agroecological practices
4. Become familiar with some of the current agroecological practices for managing agroecosystems