Global Change Biology (BIO4100.01)

Sara Bebus

Human activity is altering the environment at such an unprecedented rate that many scientists consider this to be the genesis of a new geological age, the Anthropocene. In this class we will examine human impacts at the level of the ecosystem, population, and organism by exploring and discussing current primary literature. Areas of discussion will be shaped by student interest, but may include climate change, urbanization, phenological mismatches, agrochemicals, light and sound pollution, invasive species, microbiomes, ecosystem function, disease ecology, and adaptation and resilience. Students will create an annotated bibliography of the class material and an in-depth analysis of a research area of interest.

Learning Outcomes:
• Gain experience with primary scientific literature
• Recognize the impact of human activities on ecosystems at local and global scales
• Explore a topic of interest and communicate findings effectively

Delivery Method: Remotely accessible
Prerequisites: Previous science courses or previous environmental policy courses and a strong desire to learn the biological science behind conservation policy. Preference will be given to students who have Plans related to the course material.
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 2
M/Th 1:40PM - 3:30PM (1st seven weeks)
Maximum Enrollment: 20
Course Frequency: One time only

Categories: All courses , Biology , Remotely Accessible