Introduction to Ecosystem Restoration

Supporting mother nature to heal

What You’ll Learn

  • The key principles of ecology and ecosystem restoration
  • Understanding the causes of ecosystem degradation
  • How species and their populations interact with one another
  • The different elements, phases and stages of ecosystems, how they work and how they interact with one another
  • Earth’s cycles: how they work and how to restore them, including the carbon and water cycles
  • Understanding the services that our ecosystems offer us and how they work
  • How to restore ecosystems back to full health and functionality, following a range of examples
  • How the soil biome works and how to restore it
  • How to increase biodiversity on your site
  • What a reference ecosystem is and how it works as a template for your restoration project
  • How to use the principles and standards of practice commonly used in these fields to plan and develop your project
  • How to measure the impact of a restoration project

About your Instructor
Paul Morris

Ecologist, Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner (CERP)

Ecologist Paul Morris is an expert in the fields of botany, ecosystem restoration and regenerative farming, with over 27 years of experience. He is a Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner (CERP) with the Society for Ecological Restoration, and his extensive experience in restoration ecology and conservation biology makes him a leader in the design and planting of restoration areas.

FAQs

Is this course completely online?

Yes the IER is 100% online. It comprises a series of lectures and quizzes that total 32 hours of content. The course will be delivered over a period of 16 weeks, with a fixed structure, meaning you will need to keep pace with the program, watching 2 hours of content each week and taking the associated quizzes. You will need to study approximately 5 hours per week.

When can I start?

The IER is scheduled to start on September 1, 2022. You will be notified of how and when to begin closer to the start date.

What will I learn?

  • The key principles of ecology and ecosystem restoration
  • Understanding the causes of ecosystem degradation
  • How species and their populations interact with one another
  • The different elements, phases and stages of ecosystems, how they work and how they interact with one another
  • Earth’s cycles: how they work and how to restore them, including the carbon and water cycles
  • Understanding the services that our ecosystems offer us and how they work
  • How to restore ecosystems back to full health and functionality, following a range of examples
  • How the soil biome works and how to restore it
  • How to increase biodiversity on your site
  • What a reference ecosystem is and how it works as a template for your restoration project
  • How to use the principles and standards of practice commonly used in these fields to plan and develop your project
  • How to measure the impact of a restoration project

How many lectures are in the Introduction to Ecosystem Restoration?

The IER comprises a series of lectures and quizzes that total 32 hours of content. The course will be delivered over a period of 16 weeks, with a fixed structure, meaning you will need to keep pace with the program, watching 2 hours of content each week and taking the associated quizzes. You will need to study approximately 5 hours per week.

Will I be able to ask the instructor any questions?

  • Yes. You will be able to attend a weekly, live Q&A session with the instructor. There will be a total of 16 such events – one for each week of the program.
  • You will also have access to a dedicated forum, where you can ask any questions you may have about the course content.

Do I need any qualifications to start the course?

No. The IER has been designed for people with no scientific or ecological background. You do need to have a good level of English, so that you can follow the lectures and take the quizzes.