Person

Michael Ross

Assistant Professor | Plant Sciences

Specialization: Landscape Architecture, Ecological Landscape Design, Sustainability, Resilience

Overview

Engaging students in experiential and service learning, peer to peer learning and mentoring, multi and trans-disciplinary collaboration focused on sustainable landscape design and landscape architecture.

Teaching Focus

Sustainable Landscape Design and Landscape Architecture with an emphasis ecological landscape design, biodiversity, urban ecology, rewilding, ecosystems services, and resilient landscapes.

Research Questions
  • The role floating treatment wetlands can play in biodiversity enhancement, ecosystem services, and ecological function in urban and post-industrial waterways.
  • Designed landscapes as wildlife corridors and the role the built environment can play in re-wilding at discrete scales.
  • Professional's attitudes toward industry sustainability metrics and the implication of adoption or utilization of quantifiable sustainability measures in the designed and built landscape.
Courses
Below are courses taught during the current or past three academic years. Consult Timetable for the most current listing of courses and instructor(s).

GEOL 590 - Special Problems in Geology
1 - 3 credit hours

Student- or instructor-initiated course offered at the convenience of the department, with focus on specialized topics in the geological sciences.

Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 12 hours.
Registration Permission: Consent of instructor.

HONR 498 - Honors: College Scholars Studies
2 - 12 credit hours

Designed for College Scholars working on senior thesis, project, or performance.

Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 16 hours.
Registration Restriction(s): College scholars major.

LAR 435 - Operative Landscape Tactics
3 credit hour(s)

Provides instruction on the practical design, implementation, and management of living systems as fundamental elements of multifunctional infrastructures and operative landscapes at a range of scales and contexts. Planning, design, implementation, maintenance, and professional communication methods are exercised through a series of project scenarios. Schedule Type: LL;
Contact Hour Distribution: 2 hours lecture plus 1 hour lab
(RE) Prerequisite(s) : LAR 434 Registration Restriction: Minimum level junior or consent of instructor.

LAR 535 - Operative Landscape Tactics
3 credit hour(s)

Provides instruction on the practical design, implementation, and management of living systems as fundamental elements of multifunctional infrastructures and operative landscapes at a range of scales and contexts. Planning, design, implementation, maintenance, and professional communication methods are exercised through a series of project scenarios.

(RE) Prerequisite(s) : LAR 534. Credit Restriction: Students may not receive credit for both LAR 535 and LAR 435.

Other Instructors: Collett, Bradford Paul

PLSC 280 - Fundamentals of Sustainable Landscape Design
3 credit hour(s)

Introduction to contemporary principles and processes of landscape design including site analysis, concept development, and design representation. Theoretical understanding and practical knowledge are exercised through site planning and design projects that explore topography, hydrology, ecology, and the materials of designed landscapes.

Contact Hour Distribution: 1 hour and 2 labs.

PLSC 311 - Management of Landscape Systems
3 credit hour(s)

Theories and practices of managing designed landscapes as integral components of communities and their contextual environment. This course will explore sustainable, ecological, and adaptive management approaches with an emphasis on site-scale practices, system-scale thinking, and holistic solution development.

Contact Hour Distribution: 2 hours and 1 lab.
(RE) Prerequisite(s) : PLSC 210 or consent of instructor.

PLSC 350 - Sustainable Landscape Construction
3 credit hour(s)

Introduction to contemporary methods in the construction of sustainable landscapes. Students will be introduced to the properties and use of basic landscape materials, the advancement of design concepts into construction documents, and translating construction documents into built landscapes.

Contact Hour Distribution: 2 hours and 1 lab.
(RE) Prerequisite(s) : PLSC 280.

PLSC 380 - Advanced Sustainable Landscape Design
3 credit hour(s)

Advanced design development and representation methods for sustainable landscape practices. Deployment of the designed landscape as a place, idea, and strategy to address social, economic, and environmental challenges.

Contact Hour Distribution: Two 2-hour labs.
(RE) Prerequisite(s) : PLSC 280.

PLSC 455 - Advanced Sustainable Landscape Construction
3 credit hour(s)

An overview of green infrastructure history, contemporary theory and application through study of design precedents. Detailed investigation into construction of sustainable landscape assemblies and management practices as a context for a focused design/ prototype/ build project.

Contact Hour Distribution: 3 hours lecture; with embedded experiential learning projects. Credit Restriction: Undergraduate credit only. Students cannot receive credit for both PLSC 455 and PLSC 555. Comments: offered Spring semester.

PLSC 469 - Teaching Practicum
1 - 2 credit hours

Supervised experience in teaching. May involve preparation of lectures and teaching aids, preparation and supervision of laboratory exercises, evaluation of student performance.

Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 2 hours.
Registration Restriction(s): Minimum student level – junior.
Registration Permission: Consent of instructor.

Other Instructors: Sorochan, John Charles | Horvath, Brandon Joseph | Pulte, Andy

PLSC 504 - Seminar
1 credit hour(s)

Presentations and discussion of topics.

Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 6 hours.

Other Instructors: Oakes, Renata Nave | Raper, Tyson Brant | Collett, Bradford Paul | Shekoofa, Avat | Sykes, Virginia Roseanna

PLSC 555 - Advanced Sustainable Landscape Construction
3 credit hour(s)

An Overview of green infrastructure history, contemporary theory and application through study of design precedents. Detailed investigation into construction of sustainable landscape assemblies and management practices as a context for a focused design/ prototype/ build project.

Contact Hour Distribution: 3 hours lecture. Credit Restriction: Students cannot receive credit for both 455 and 555. Comments: Offered Spring semester. Lectures will include embedded experiential learning projects.
Registration Restriction(s): Minimum student level - Graduate.
Registration Permission: Consent of Instructor.

PLSC 569 - Teaching Practicum
1 - 3 credit hours

Supervised experience in teaching. May involve preparation of lectures and teaching aids, preparation and supervision of laboratory exercises, evaluation of student performance, and for second-year graduate students, responsibility for course delivery.

Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 3 hours.
Registration Permission: Consent of instructor.

Other Instructors: Klingeman III, William E | Sorochan, John Charles | Walters, Kellie Jean | Butler, David M. | Pulte, Andy

PLSC 593 - Problems in Plant Sciences
1 - 3 credit hours

Independent study. Current topic related to technology, science or design.

Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 6 hours. Credit Restriction: For MS students, a maximum of 6 hours may be applied to the major. For PhD students in PSI, a maximum of 9 hours may be applied to the major.

Other Instructors: Klingeman III, William E | Butler, David M. | Sorochan, John Charles | Walters, Kellie Jean | Millwood, Reggie | Bates, Gary Edward | Orrick, Brandon | Stewart, Neal

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112 Plant Biotechnology Building
2505 E J Chapman Drive
Knoxville, TN 37996-4500
Education and Training
  • MLA, Landscape Architecture, Texas Tech University, 2017
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Michael Ross

Assistant Professor | Plant Sciences
Michael Ross image
112 Plant Biotechnology Building
2505 E J Chapman Drive
Knoxville, TN 37996-4500
Education and Training
  • MLA, Landscape Architecture, Texas Tech University, 2017
Overview

Engaging students in experiential and service learning, peer to peer learning and mentoring, multi and trans-disciplinary collaboration focused on sustainable landscape design and landscape architecture.

Teaching Focus

Sustainable Landscape Design and Landscape Architecture with an emphasis ecological landscape design, biodiversity, urban ecology, rewilding, ecosystems services, and resilient landscapes.

Research Questions
  • The role floating treatment wetlands can play in biodiversity enhancement, ecosystem services, and ecological function in urban and post-industrial waterways.
  • Designed landscapes as wildlife corridors and the role the built environment can play in re-wilding at discrete scales.
  • Professional's attitudes toward industry sustainability metrics and the implication of adoption or utilization of quantifiable sustainability measures in the designed and built landscape.
Courses
Below are courses taught during the current or past three academic years. Consult Timetable for the most current listing of courses and instructor(s).

GEOL 590 - Special Problems in Geology
1 - 3 credit hours

Student- or instructor-initiated course offered at the convenience of the department, with focus on specialized topics in the geological sciences.

Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 12 hours.
Registration Permission: Consent of instructor.

HONR 498 - Honors: College Scholars Studies
2 - 12 credit hours

Designed for College Scholars working on senior thesis, project, or performance.

Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 16 hours.
Registration Restriction(s): College scholars major.

LAR 435 - Operative Landscape Tactics
3 credit hour(s)

Provides instruction on the practical design, implementation, and management of living systems as fundamental elements of multifunctional infrastructures and operative landscapes at a range of scales and contexts. Planning, design, implementation, maintenance, and professional communication methods are exercised through a series of project scenarios. Schedule Type: LL;
Contact Hour Distribution: 2 hours lecture plus 1 hour lab
(RE) Prerequisite(s) : LAR 434 Registration Restriction: Minimum level junior or consent of instructor.

LAR 535 - Operative Landscape Tactics
3 credit hour(s)

Provides instruction on the practical design, implementation, and management of living systems as fundamental elements of multifunctional infrastructures and operative landscapes at a range of scales and contexts. Planning, design, implementation, maintenance, and professional communication methods are exercised through a series of project scenarios.

(RE) Prerequisite(s) : LAR 534. Credit Restriction: Students may not receive credit for both LAR 535 and LAR 435.

Other Instructors: Collett, Bradford Paul

PLSC 280 - Fundamentals of Sustainable Landscape Design
3 credit hour(s)

Introduction to contemporary principles and processes of landscape design including site analysis, concept development, and design representation. Theoretical understanding and practical knowledge are exercised through site planning and design projects that explore topography, hydrology, ecology, and the materials of designed landscapes.

Contact Hour Distribution: 1 hour and 2 labs.

PLSC 311 - Management of Landscape Systems
3 credit hour(s)

Theories and practices of managing designed landscapes as integral components of communities and their contextual environment. This course will explore sustainable, ecological, and adaptive management approaches with an emphasis on site-scale practices, system-scale thinking, and holistic solution development.

Contact Hour Distribution: 2 hours and 1 lab.
(RE) Prerequisite(s) : PLSC 210 or consent of instructor.

PLSC 350 - Sustainable Landscape Construction
3 credit hour(s)

Introduction to contemporary methods in the construction of sustainable landscapes. Students will be introduced to the properties and use of basic landscape materials, the advancement of design concepts into construction documents, and translating construction documents into built landscapes.

Contact Hour Distribution: 2 hours and 1 lab.
(RE) Prerequisite(s) : PLSC 280.

PLSC 380 - Advanced Sustainable Landscape Design
3 credit hour(s)

Advanced design development and representation methods for sustainable landscape practices. Deployment of the designed landscape as a place, idea, and strategy to address social, economic, and environmental challenges.

Contact Hour Distribution: Two 2-hour labs.
(RE) Prerequisite(s) : PLSC 280.

PLSC 455 - Advanced Sustainable Landscape Construction
3 credit hour(s)

An overview of green infrastructure history, contemporary theory and application through study of design precedents. Detailed investigation into construction of sustainable landscape assemblies and management practices as a context for a focused design/ prototype/ build project.

Contact Hour Distribution: 3 hours lecture; with embedded experiential learning projects. Credit Restriction: Undergraduate credit only. Students cannot receive credit for both PLSC 455 and PLSC 555. Comments: offered Spring semester.

PLSC 469 - Teaching Practicum
1 - 2 credit hours

Supervised experience in teaching. May involve preparation of lectures and teaching aids, preparation and supervision of laboratory exercises, evaluation of student performance.

Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 2 hours.
Registration Restriction(s): Minimum student level – junior.
Registration Permission: Consent of instructor.

Other Instructors: Sorochan, John Charles | Horvath, Brandon Joseph | Pulte, Andy

PLSC 504 - Seminar
1 credit hour(s)

Presentations and discussion of topics.

Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 6 hours.

Other Instructors: Oakes, Renata Nave | Raper, Tyson Brant | Collett, Bradford Paul | Shekoofa, Avat | Sykes, Virginia Roseanna

PLSC 555 - Advanced Sustainable Landscape Construction
3 credit hour(s)

An Overview of green infrastructure history, contemporary theory and application through study of design precedents. Detailed investigation into construction of sustainable landscape assemblies and management practices as a context for a focused design/ prototype/ build project.

Contact Hour Distribution: 3 hours lecture. Credit Restriction: Students cannot receive credit for both 455 and 555. Comments: Offered Spring semester. Lectures will include embedded experiential learning projects.
Registration Restriction(s): Minimum student level - Graduate.
Registration Permission: Consent of Instructor.

PLSC 569 - Teaching Practicum
1 - 3 credit hours

Supervised experience in teaching. May involve preparation of lectures and teaching aids, preparation and supervision of laboratory exercises, evaluation of student performance, and for second-year graduate students, responsibility for course delivery.

Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 3 hours.
Registration Permission: Consent of instructor.

Other Instructors: Klingeman III, William E | Sorochan, John Charles | Walters, Kellie Jean | Butler, David M. | Pulte, Andy

PLSC 593 - Problems in Plant Sciences
1 - 3 credit hours

Independent study. Current topic related to technology, science or design.

Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 6 hours. Credit Restriction: For MS students, a maximum of 6 hours may be applied to the major. For PhD students in PSI, a maximum of 9 hours may be applied to the major.

Other Instructors: Klingeman III, William E | Butler, David M. | Sorochan, John Charles | Walters, Kellie Jean | Millwood, Reggie | Bates, Gary Edward | Orrick, Brandon | Stewart, Neal

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