Jenna Witzleben

Ecology School blog

Welcome to the Ecology School blog, where I document my ongoing self-education in ecology and urban design.

Inspirational Programs of Study

Hello and welcome! This is my first posting of the Ecology School blog. Through this blog I will be documenting and sharing with you my journey of self-teaching ecology, urban design, landscape design, and related topics. To start off, I’ve collected a list of top university programs that can serve as inspiration and guidance for a self-study in these topics. You can find a link underneath each program to view their full course listings, or reference the key topics of study I’ve highlighted at each program.


 
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UC Berkeley Landscape Architecture + Environmental Planning (Professional Degree)

link: https://ced.berkeley.edu/academics/landscape-architecture-environmental-planning/programs/master-of-landscape-architecture/first-professional-degree/

Key topics of study:

  • Case studies in Landscape Design

  • Plant Identification and Use

  • Graphics for Landscape Architecture

  • Ecological factors in Urban Landscape Design

  • Cultural Factors in Urban Landscape Design

 
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UC Berkeley Landscape Architecture (Bachelors Degree)

link: http://ced.berkeley.edu/downloads/forms/academic/Landscape_Architecture_Major_Handbook_2018-19_FL18-SP19_ADMITS.pdf

Key topics of study (in addition to those listed in UC Berkeley Professional Degree):

  • Introductory Earth Science

  • Sierra Nevada Ecology (or ecology of your region! For me this would be Northeastern US Ecology and NYC Urban Ecology)

  • Plant and Microbial Biology

  • Landscape Materials and Construction

 
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UC Berkeley Integrative Biology

links: http://ib.berkeley.edu/academics/courses

http://ib.berkeley.edu/node/96

Key topics of study:

  • Ecology and Evolution

  • Ocean Ecology

  • Freshwater Ecology

  • Bioinsipired Design

  • Biology of Fungi

  • Horticulture in Botantical Gardens

  • Plant Ecology

  • Conservation Biology

  • Behavioral Ecology

  • Ecosystems of California (for me this would be Ecosystems of New York)

  • Ecosystem Ecology

 
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Wageningen Bachelors in Soil, Water, Atmosphere

link: https://www.wur.nl/en/Education-Programmes/Bachelor/bsc-programmes/bsc-soil-water-and-atmosphere/programme.htm

Key topics of study:

  • Soil Biology

  • Soil and Landscape Variability

  • Geo-information tools

  • Water and Aquatic Ecology

 
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Wageningen Specialization in Ecology

link: https://www.wur.nl/en/Education-Programmes/master/MSc-programmes/MSc-Forest-and-Nature-Conservation/Specialisations/Ecology.htm

Key topics of study:

  • Ecological Methods

  • Models for Ecological Systems

  • Trends in Forest and Nature Conservation

  • Plant Vegetation and Systems Ecology

  • Animal Ecology

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ASU Bachelors in Biological Sciences

link: https://webapp4.asu.edu/programs/t5/roadmaps/ASU00/LABSCCBS/null/ALL/2018?init=false&nopassive=true

Key topics of study:

  • Plants and Civilization

  • Fire

  • People and Nature: Ecosystem Services

  • Field Botany

  • Wildlife Ecology

  • Restoration / Wetland Restoration

  • Plant Diversity and Evolution

  • Landscape Ecology

  • Environmental Ethics

  • Equity, Justice, and Sustainability

  • Policy and Governance in Sustainable Systems

  • Economics of Sustainability

 
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Harvard GSD Landscape Architecture

link: https://www.gsd.harvard.edu/courses/?department=landscape-architecture&course_type=&semester=all&search=

The Harvard GSD Landscape Architecture program is tremendously rich with integrative and site specific programs. The following programs that I’ve listed are just the more introductory topics, but I definitely will be returning to their site for inspiration on more complex studies and projects once I get a bit more foundational knowledge under my belt!

Key topics of study:

  • Urban and Town Ecology

  • Urban Restoration Ecology

  • Forest, Grove, and Tree: Planting Urban Landscapes

  • Topography

  • Mapping: Geographic Representation

 
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Harvard GSD Urban Planning and Design

link: https://www.gsd.harvard.edu/courses?department=urban-planning-and-design

Key topics of study:

  • Urban mobility and accessibility

  • Urban design case studies

  • Spatial Analysis

  • Public Space

  • Land Use and Environmental Law / Spatial Politics of Land

  • Urban Governance

  • Park Systems

  • Urban Grids

  • Transportation Design and Development

  • Housing and Urbanization

  • Urban Infrastructure, Environment, and Sustainability

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MIT Urban Planning

link: http://dusp.mit.edu/disciplines/cdd/subjects?semesterxx=647&field_subject_level_tid=All

Similar to Harvard GSD, the MIT Urban Planning Department has a rich history of courses that I will definitely return to when I’m ready for more advanced / complex investigations.

Key topics of study:

  • Intro to Urban Design and Development

  • Urban Design Skills: Observing, Interpreting, Representing, and Transforming the City

  • Community Growth and Land Use Planning

  • Neighborhood Planning & Design

  • Ecological Urbanism

  • Sensing Place: Photography as Inquiry

  • Urban Design Ideals and Action

  • Mixed Income Housing Development

  • Site and Environmental Systems Planning

  • Future of Suburbia

 
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Cornell Design + Environmental Analysis

link: https://www.human.cornell.edu/sites/default/files/Academics/Registrar/Curriculum%20sheets/2018-2019/DEA%20Curriculum%20Sheet%202018-2019%20FINAL.pdf

Key topics of study:

  • Intro to Environmental Psychology

  • Interior Materials + Sustainable Elements

 
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Cornell City and Regional Planning

link: https://classes.cornell.edu/browse/roster/SP18/subject/CRP

Key topics of study:

  • American City

  • European City

  • African Development

 
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Cornell Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

links: http://courses.cornell.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=33&poid=16060

https://environment.cornell.edu/sites/environment.cornell.edu/files/shared/EBAE.pdf

Key topics of study:

  • Forest ecology

  • Soil ecology

  • Ecology of lakes

  • Marine Ecology

  • Underwater Research

  • Field Ecology

  • Wildlife Population Analysis

  • Biology of grasses

 
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New York Botanical Garden Landscape Design, Horticulture, Urban Naturalism

link: https://www.nybg.org/learn/adult-education/about-us/certificate-program-2/

Key topics of study:

  • Landscape Design History

  • Site Analysis & Schematic Design

  • Design Development

  • Site Materials and Details

  • Soil Science

  • Plant Science

  • Horticultural Techniques

  • Native Flora

  • Natural History

  • Urban Ecology Field Study

  • Field Sketching

  • Mannahatta

  • Tree Communication

  • Hidden World of Lichens

  • Winter in the Bronx

 
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Longwood Gardens Landscape Design

Link: https://longwoodgardens.org/education/continuing-education/landscape-design

Key topics of study:

  • Graphic Communications

  • Stormwater Solutions

  • Wild Gardens and Plant Morphology

  • Landscape Design I / Landscape Design II

  • Design, Create, and Construct

 
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New York Institute of Art + Design Landscape Design

Link: https://www.nyiad.edu/courses/landscape-design/outline#unit1

Key topics of study:

  • Site Assessment

  • Design Elements

  • Plant Selection

  • Design Tools

  • Landscape Maintenance

Do you know of any inspirational courses of study that I’ve missed? Or any topics that I should also study? Feel free to add them in the comments!

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