Classes

The Environmental Nexus (ENV200)

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2017

​Stephen Pacala developed a new undergraduate Environmental Studies course, ENV 200 A-F “The Environmental Nexus”, to examine a collection of global environmental crises. “When today’s undergraduates reach the peaks in their careers,” said Pacala, “four global environmental problems involving our climate, food, biodiversity, and water will also approach their peaks.

Biology of Coral Reefs (EEB346)

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2016

Field course taught in Panama, provides a substantial introduction to the biology of tropical coral reefs, with an emphasis on ecology and behavior of reef fish. Each day begins with a lecture, followed by six to eight hours in the water and ends with data analysis, readings and discussion of recent articles. Students learn to identify fish, corals and invertebrates. They also learn a variety of methods, techniques and field work including surveys, mapping, video--‐recording and recording of interactions between individuals underwater.

Life on Earth: Chaos and Clockwork of Biological Design (EEB211)

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2015

An examination of how life evolved and how organisms function. Design--'intelligent' and otherwise--will provide a unifying theme. Why do some microbes produce slime and others do not? Why are males brightly colored in some species, but in others females are the showy sex? Why do humans have knees that fail whereas horses and zebras do not? These and other 'why is it so' questions related to the origin and history of life, genetic code, biochemistry, physiology, morphology and body plans, sex and reproduction, cooperation, and ecosystems will be explored.