Basic Sampling II – Mapping and Vegetation Ecology

Find your inner Magellan! Learn to navigate with GPS, and discover the ecosystems of soil and vegetation ecology.

This course is the sixth component of the Online Environmental Monitoring Certificate. Here students will get their GPS on! In this exciting course, students will learn how to operate a handheld GPS device. Students will also learn terrestrial monitoring techniques from environmental experts on soil and vegetation ecology.

Learning Outcomes

  • Know GPS: what it is, where it comes from, and how it works.
  • Learn about GPS unit setup, menus, and additional options.
  • Understand how to find, track, and mark waypoints.
  • Recognize the importance of knowing different coordinate systems.
  • Learn purchasing considerations when buying a GPS unit.
  • Know best management practices for GPS and mapping.
  • Understand maps and how to use compasses.
  • Define ecosystems.
  • Develop a firm understanding of BEC (biogeoclimatic classification) zones.
  • Define plants.
  • Understand soils.
  • Understand an EM’s duties when monitoring terrestrial environments.
Rob Bryce

Rob Bryce Continuing Studies Coordinator, UNBC, GPS Instructor

Rob Bryce is a Coordinator with UNBC Continuing Studies who focuses on a wide variety of program areas, but with an emphasis on natural resource management. Rob also instructs courses on Global Positioning Systems and Oziexplorer Mapping Software for the department.

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Bruce Rogers

Bruce Rogers MSc, RPBio, PAg, Regional Ecologist Omineca North/East

Bruce is a Regional Research Ecologist for Omineca/North East Regions with the BC Ministry of Forests Lands and Natural Resource Operations and a member of the Biogeoclimatic Ecosystem Classification (BEC) Program. He holds a BSc. in Wildlife Biology, a MSc. in Forest Ecology and am a Registered Professional Biologist (RPBio) and Professional Agrologist (PAg).

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