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Tuesday, November 1, 2022 
12:00 – 3:15 pm CDT (incl. a 15-min. break)


Presented by
Dean Apostol

Agenda Highlights
Conservation Ecology
This segment will discuss core principles of conservation ecology, including: 
Ecosystem typologies
Habitat structure, function, scale
Core, buffer, and connectivity in habitats
Regional conservation system examples
Design principles for conservation
Conservation applied to site scale projects  

Landscape Ecology
This segment looks at principles of ecology applied to landscapes
Ecology of large areas (thousands to millions of acres)
Landscape mosaics
Understanding landscape matrix, patches, corridors, and stepping stones  

Restoration Ecology
What restoration ecology is and isn’t
How it is practiced
Example applications


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Certificates of completion can be downloaded in PDF form upon passing a short quiz. A link to the quiz will be sent to each qualifying attendee immediately after the webinar. The certificate can be downloaded from the Results page of the quiz upon scoring 80% or higher.

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Professional Engineers:
3.0 PDHs

3.0 HSW CE Hours

Landscape Architects:
3.0 HSW CE Hours


Continuing Education Credit Information
See each course listing for the type and amount of each continuing education credit available. Individual courses for engineers and architects are not subject to pre-approval. HalfMoon Education does not apply for landscape courses in NJ or land surveyor courses in NJ or DE, unless expressly stated.

HalfMoon Education Certifying Entities
American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (No. J885)
International Code Council (No. 1232)
Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System
American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP)
Boards of Engineering: Florida (No. 0004647), Indiana (License No. CE21700059),
Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700), and North Carolina (No. S-0130).

Course-by-Course Providers:
Association of State Floodplain Managers
International Society of Arboriculture
Society of American Foresters

HalfMoon Education is deemed a New York-approved continuing education provider for engineers, architects, and landscape architects via its registration with the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (Regulations of the Commissioner §68.14(i)(2), §69.6(i)(2), and §79-1.5(i)(2)). Only AIA HSW-approved courses qualify for New York engineer and architect credit.

Completion certificates will be awarded to participants who complete these events, respond to prompts, and earn a passing score (80%) on the quiz that follows the presentation (multiple attempts allowed).


Dean Apostol, MIG

Environmental Consultant, Portland, OR

Mr. Apostol is a semi-retired environmental consultant, restoration ecologist, teacher, and writer. He graduated from Iowa State University in landscape architecture in 1977. Mr. Apostol credits Professor Robert Dyas, a noted lover of the Midwestern tallgrass prairie (and World War 2 vet), with sparking his interest in native ecosystems and how to use them in landscape design and planning. He has had a 40 year career based in the Pacific Northwest and California.  Mr. Apostol was a licensed landscape architect in Oregon from 1983-2015. His career has included private and public practice. Mr. Apostol practiced independently for 15 years, spent 11 years with the US Forest Service, 6 years with MIG’s Portland office, and has worked with AECOM recently as a Senior Visual Resource Specialist.  At the Forest Service he collaborated with ecologist Nancy Molina on development of a process for applying landscape ecology to forest management. This was published as  “Forest Landscape Analysis and Design,” and led to consultation and teaching on applying its ideas around the US, Canada, and in Europe. 
A long interest in the restoration of natural ecosystems led Mr. Apostol to write and edit “Restoring the Pacific Northwest,” published by Island Press in 2006. This book provides a broad geographic overview of regional ecosystems and the state of the art for restoring them to health. He followed this with publication of “Designing Sustainable Forest Landscapes” (Taylor and Francis Press), Another area of interest is conservation of scenic landscapes, and in 2016 Mr. Apostol led a team to research and write “The Renewable Energy Landscape” (Routledge Press).    This book looks at the impacts on the visual landscape of large scale commercial energy project, particularly wind and solar. In semi retirement, he continues to consult, teach, and write. Mr. Apostol’s teaching has included  adjunct terms at Portland State, Oregon State, and University of Oregon, where he currently teaches Applied Ecology for Landscape Architects. 

AIA Info

AIA Provider Statement:

HalfMoon Education Inc. is a registered provider of AIA-approved continuing education under Provider Number J885. All registered AIA/CES Providers must comply with the AIA Standards for Continuing Education Programs. Any questions or concerns about this provider of learning program may be sent to AIA/CES ( or (800) AIA 3837, Option 3).

This learning program is registered with AIA/CES for continuing professional education. As such, it does not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product.

AIA continuing education credit has been reviewed and approved by AIA/CES. Learners must complete the entire learning program to receive continuing education credit. AIA continuing education Learning Units earned upon completion of this course will be reported to AIA/CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion for both AIA members and non-AIA members are available upon request.

Course Title: Applied Ecology for Landscape Architects and Related Professionals

Delivery Method: Live Online

Course Description: This three-hour course will discuss conservation ecology, landscape ecology, and restoration ecology and analyze how they are applied in landscape architecture and other design professions. The course includes a focus on both the science/background as well as real world applications.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to discuss core principles of conservation ecology, including ecosystem typologies, regional conservation system examples, design principles for conservation, and conservation applied to site scale projects.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to look at principles of ecology applied to landscape, such as landscape mosaics and ecology of large areas, and understand landscape matrix, patches, corridors, and stepping stones.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to define what restoration ecology is and isn’t, understand how it is practices, and identify the tools and challenges.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to understand habitat structure, function and scale in conservation ecology.

LUs: 3.0                                                                                           LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: None

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 09/06/2025

Complaint Resolution Policy:

Complaints regarding this course can be emailed to or by calling (715) 835-5900. A HalfMoon Education representative will respond within 72 hours to resolve the complaint, which will include, but not limited to, access to another CE activity at no or reduced cost or a full or partial refund. Each instance will be resolved on a case-by-case situation.