Fall 2022 - EVSC 660 G100

STT - Ecogeomorphology (4)

Class Number: 3940

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
    WMC 2220, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    Permission from the instructor. An undergraduate ecology course is required and some exposure to geomorphology recommended.



Ecogeomorphology is the interdisciplinary study of watersheds that integrates geomorphology, hydrology and ecology. The course explores how the physical conditions within an ecosystem may influence the condition and dynamics of ecological populations.


Ecogeomorphology is the interdisciplinary study of watersheds that integrates geomorphology, hydrology and ecology to facilitate new understandings of landscapes and ecosystems by bridging dominant paradigms from a number of disciplines. This course explores the bidirectional influences of biota and landscapes, including how physical habitat condition can influence the dynamics and resilience of biological populations.

In this course, we will cover concepts including but not limited to geomorphology, hydrology, feedbacks and interactions between physical and ecological systems, matrix-based population modeling, and approaches for integrated physical-ecological systems modeling. Over the course of the semester, we will read and discuss relevant primary literature, develop coding and modeling skills, and ultimately, students will design an original modeling study and present their findings to the class.

This course is recommended for students in Environmental Science, Resource Management, Ecology, Geography, and Earth Sciences. In addition to learning about the topics and recent research in ecogeomorphology, this course is designed to develop students’ skills in reading and interpreting scientific literature, executing and writing code (specifically Matlab), presenting scientific ideas, and in technical writing.


GEOG 111 or EASC 101; BISC 204 or GEOG 215; and a minimum of 60 units. GEOG 213 is recommended.


  • Participation 10%
  • Literature Discussion/Presentations 10%
  • Activities & Assignments 60%
  • Term Presentation 10%
  • Term Paper 10%


If there are any changes in this outline, the Instructor will provide students with a statement setting out those changes within the first week of classes.



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Graduate Studies Notes:

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Registrar Notes:


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