TPSS 450/NREM 460 –  Sustainable Nutrient Management of Agroecosystems (Spring; 4 credits)

Course format: Three 1-hr lectures and a 3-hr lab each week.

Prerequisites: TPSS 450, CHEM 161

Description:  This course is intended to help you become familiar with basic concepts of nutrient availability and cycling in agroecosystems and provide you with the foundation to make wise nutrient management decisions.

Specific learning outcomes include:

  • Describe major nutrient cycles in agroecosystems
  • Identify key biological, chemical, and physical processes regulating nutrient input, output, transformation, and plant availability
  • Calculate quantities of nutrient input, available nutrients, and crop nutrient removal
  • Choose appropriate soil fertility evaluation techniques and nutrient management plans in tropical agroecosystems
  • Discuss how nutrient loss from agricultural ecosystems affects unmanaged ecosystems and in which ways sustainable agricultural practices affect the fate of nutrients.

NREM 631 – Sustainable Agriculture Seminar (Fall; 2 credits)

Co-instructor: Dr. Kimberly Carlson

Fall 2016 focus: Managing terrestrial agricultural ecosystems for climate change mitigation and adaptation

Course format: Weekly graduate-level seminar with readings, discussions, and final project. Class meets in person or via distance learning tools.

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or upper-level (400+) coursework in climate change and agriculture or evidence of professional experience in related fields.

Description: The course will comprise presentation and discussion of emerging topics in climate change adaptation and mitigation for terrestrial crop and livestock production systems. Participants will learn how to evaluate the socio-ecological tradeoffs of diverse strategies including greenhouse gas emissions reduction, land sparing versus land sharing, payments for ecosystem services, application of agro-ecological principles, water use efficiency, crop switching, crop-livestock integration, crop insurance, early-warning systems, and genetic engineering. The course will draw heavily from readings from scientific journals and white papers addressing ecological and social aspects of agricultural climate mitigation and adaptation. Using these readings as a starting point, the instructors will facilitate discussions of the ecological, social, economic, ethical, and cultural opportunities and barriers.

NREM 695 – Master’s Plan B Capstone Preparation (Spring; 1 credit)

Course format: 1-hr weekly class time designed to prepare M.S. Plan B students through a meaningful capstone experience.

Prerequisites: NREM 600, NREM 601, NREM 605, a graduate research methods course, and minimum of 12 graduate elective credits.

Description: During this course, you will design your capstone project, and successfully and confidently communicate your idea in a written proposal and public presentation. A Capstone Panel will provide feedback and approval.

NREM 696 – Master’s Plan B Capstone Experience (Spring; 3 credits)

Course format: 1-hr weekly class time designed to guide M.S. Plan B students through completion of capstone experience. Class culminates in public defense and final report of each students’ capstone experience.

Prerequisites: NREM 695 and successful defense of capstone proposal

Description:  NREM 696 is the 3 credit practicum course all NREM Plan B students take in the semester they intend to submit and publicly defend their final capstone report. Normally, you take this course the semester after taking NREM 695 (1 credit), and concurrently with NREM 699 (2 credits) supervised by your advisor. These three courses constitute the “Capstone Experience” for NREM Plan B students.