Critically evaluate methods for restoring ecological functions and debate restoration goals at local, national and international scales and in natural, semi natural and peri-urban environments.
Undertake complex analyses of the theory, practical implications and complexities around restoring habitats with a focus on the effectiveness of rewilding projects, the reintroduction of species and removal of invasive species.
Evaluate real-world habitat and ecosystem scale restoration projects, taking into account conservation biology targets as well as social, political and economic implications to critically evaluate their success.
Topics covered include:
Ecosystem change over time and space
Biodiversity and connectedness
Land sparing versus land sharing debate
The science behind rewilding
Reintroduction and management of invasive species
Phytoremediation and restoration of peri-urban spaces
The role of communities
Impact of restoration on communities and economies