This interdisciplinary course integrates two broad academic disciplines - the ecological sciences and design - to address complex issues related to restoring and managing agricultural landscapes in the Midwest in order to promote greater social, environmental, economic sustainability. Students from diverse backgrounds teach each other key concepts from their own disciplines, and then apply their knowledge and experiences to local case study projects in small interdisciplinary teams. Case study sites include nature reserves, state and county parks, and private lands in Central Iowa . Student teams develop a management plan for a site aimed at enhancing the ecological and social functions of the landscape. A major emphasis of this course is to prepare future professionals to work with complex environment issues requiring interdisciplinary solutions. Upper-level undergraduate students and graduate students from any department at ISU are invited to participate.

Funded By the Miller Fellowship