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Last approved: Mon, 31 Oct 2016 20:06:59 GMT

Last edit: Mon, 31 Oct 2016 20:06:54 GMT

Proposal Type

Writing Intensive

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Term for Proposal

Spring 2017

Course Catalog Information

Forestry (FOREST)
Forest Health and Protection
Fundamental concepts of forest pathology and forest entomology including emphasis on ecological principles and management strategies.
Lecture/Standard with Laboratory
A-F (allow student to choose S/U option)
FOREST 2151.

Instructor Information

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Tenured Professor
203 ABNR
Yes, but instructor doesn’t recall when or it has been longer than five years

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Writing Intensive Course Information

This course covers the fundamentals of forest entomology and forest pathology and addresses other concepts and issues pertaining to maintenance of forest productivity, forest sustainability and meeting objectives of forest management.

As a discipline, Forest Health represents the intersection of the traditional field of forestry with the fields of entomology and pathology. Forest Health examines agents and processes affecting tree vigor, ecosystem productivity and forest decline.

This course introduces the student to forest entomology, forest pathology, and important issues pertinent to the concept of forest health. The course material includes general concepts, biology and life cycles of economically and ecologically significant insects and diseases in temperate forests, and emphasizes management approaches.
The overall objective is that the student have a working knowledge of contemporary forest health issues.
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Writing Intensive Assignments

Insect Profile
Each student will be assigned a forest insect pest, and students prepares a description of that insect. Elements of the description include:
-Background including taxonomy and status (native, non-native, etc.)
-Global, regional and site distribution
-Associated organisms and host species
-Life history, type of damage
-Ecological and economic consequences
-Management and control
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Disease Profile
As with the insect profile, students are assigned a forest disease.
Elements of the description include:
-Background including biotic agents causing the disease and the taxonomy and status (native, non-native, etc.) of those biotic agents.
-Global, regional and site distribution of the disease and its agents
-Host species, associated organisms and vectors
-Life history of the disease causing agents and life cycles, signs, symptoms and type of damage
-Ecological and economic consequences
-Management and control
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Species descriptions for disease and damage collection
Students develop a narrative describing each of the damaging agents, but responding to the questions below.:

1. Specimen number. NOTE: In addition to these collection forms you must submit a master list of the specimens. (a one-page list of names)
2. Host. Scientific name required. Authorities for name not required.
3. If you find the specific pathogen on the internet, provide the url.
4. Pathogen. Scientific name required. Authorities for the name are not required. Ascomycetes typically have different names for the teleomorph and the anamorph. If your specimen has the sexual stage, use the name of the teleomorph; if the asexual stage is present, use the name of the anamorph.
5. The Common Name of the disease, (typically is not the same as the name of the pathogen). (or there might not be a common name)
6. Nutritional mode. Is the pathogen a saprophyte, facultative parasite, facultative saprophyte, or obligate parasite.
7. Impact. Is the pathogen rotting wood, directly killing the tree, indirectly killing the tree (perhaps by making it more vulnerable to competition, facultative parasites or opportunistic insects) reducing tree growth only, or having negligible impact on the tree?
8. Within a 5 m radius of where you collected this specimen, how many separate infections did this species of pathogen cause?
9. Over the next 5 years, based on question 8, how would you expect the population of this pathogen to change within 5 m of where you collected this specimen?
10. Type of Biotic causal agent. (i.e. fungus, bacteria, nematode, higher parasitic plant, virus, or phytoplasma). Most likely, you’ll end up with a collection of fungi, please try to expand your collection, if possible. If you collect more than one fungus, try to have the different groups discussed in class represented.

Provide 5 examples of damage caused by insects (galls, leaf defoliation, etc.). For each example, include the following information:
1. Describe the type of damage. Use your notes from lecture for help.
2. Determine the type of insect that likely caused the damage (Lepidopteran larvae, wood boring beetle, etc.).

What if you find something interesting but cannot identify it?
You may include only one unknown in each collection. Describe the symptoms and write a paragraph or two about the diagnostic process used to attempt an identification.
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insect collection descriptions
Students prepare a document associated with the required insect collection of ~30 specimens.
Each specimen is described, taxonomical, where it was found, habitat conditions, ecological role
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microtheme - Climate change and forest health
Students develop a brief "white paper" to describe to policy makers the potential effects of climate change on forest health.
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Writing Intensive Teaching

Instructor provided feedback
Oral presentation by student, followed by feedback
Peer review
No group writing
In the microtheme paper, student will have developed a basic understanding through lectures, of the multiple ways that climate and weather affect insects and forest pathogens. They must develop priority topics and synthesize that understanding for condensing into a 2 pg policy paper.
Students prepare the profiles early in the semester. These are also associated with oral presentation.
The disease and damage collection will occur ~mid term and the insect collection is due the last week of class.
The microtheme will be assigned ~week 10 of the semester.
Exams from lecture material.
Lab quizzes (practicals).
Lab notebooks and brief lab reports.
Their role is restricted to lab participation, and assisting students with lab material. They will check notebooks and will grade the collections as well as the documentation written in support of the collections.

Course Syllabus

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Administrative Information

Natural and Applied Sciences


Additional Comments

This is an older syllabus. I have not prepared the Spring 2017 syllabus yet. Therefore, this older syllabus does not include WI statements.
This course is taught in spring semester of odd numbered years.
Patricia Luckenotte (luckenottep) (Mon, 31 Oct 2016 20:06:54 GMT): I have added FOREST 3212W, -01 with lab 01A to the Spring semester and cancelled the regular sections of FOREST 3212, 01 and 01A for Spring 17. There were 16 students enrolled in FOREST 3212 have been moved to the new sections of FOREST 3212W.
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