Biological & Geological Sciences 3045
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Daria teaches Special Topics in Restoration Ecology (Bio3222F), a unique Community Service Learning Course (CSL). CSL is "an educational approach that integrates service in the community with intentional learning activities. Within effective CSL efforts, members of both educational institutions and community organizations work together toward outcomes that are mutually beneficial" (Canadian Alliance for Community Service Learning). Each year the class works with different local community partners. The course looks at restoration ecology in theory and in practice. Topics covered include ecosystem functioning, ecological relationships at various spatial scales as they apply to restoration, invasive species management, reclamation of contaminated sites, restoration of various types of ecosystems (e.g. forest, tallgrass prairie, wetland), value of ecosystem services, financial and practical considerations in ecological restoration projects. Daria uses case studies as examples, with a focus on local restoration projects. Local experts are featured as guest lecturers. The main evaluations are based on a group project.
Daria is also Conservation Property Manager at Thames Talbot Land Trust (TTLT), a local not-for-profit dedicated to the protection of lands and waters with significant natural, recreational, scenic, historical or agricultural value. Daria plans and implements stewardship and restoration work at TTLT's properties and participates in a variety of outreach and educational programs across the region.