Tropical Ecology and the Environment
|Certificates: Environmental Studies
An intensive course about tropical ecology and neotropical environments taught in the South America. This course will build knowledge of and appreciation for the diversity of tropical organisms and physical environments as well as their interactions. This semester, this course will be part of Feet to the Fire and we will examine Tropical Ecology with an emphasis on the effects of global warming in the tropics, from the perspectives of art and science. The course will be co-taught with award-winning artists from the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange.
Students will obtain firsthand experience with the tropics and with doing experiments and site specific artwork in the field. Each day there will be a combination of lectures and field exercises. The students will gather and analyze data about biological, physical, and environmental issues that are covered in the lectures. The habitats that we explore will be both terrestrial and shallow freshwater. Furthermore, we will travel to Kaiture Falls and other habitats to gain experience with the spectacular environmental and biological features that Guyana offers. Time scheduling: The course will be an intensive course during spring break. We will also meet each week for three hours to hear lectures and gain tools for doing coupled scientific and art research in the field.
Designing, Creating, and Realizing, Quantitative Reasoning
Quantitative reasoning because we will be analyzing the results of 4 field experiments. The students will test different null hypotheses. Designing because the students will design four field based experiments and carry them out in the field.
|Gen Ed Area Dept:
|Course Format: Lecture
|Grading Mode: Graded
|Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (BIOL)(E&ES)(ENVS-MN)(ENVS)
|Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Readings will consist of journal articles and chapters from books.
|Examinations and Assignments:
2 examinations plus final, field/lab exercises
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments:
Placement in this course requires an interview with the instructor, Barry Chernoff. Students who submit an electronic POI for this course, will be contacted by the instructor advising them when their interview will take place.
Additional Requirements: Written permission from physician. Written permission from parent or guardian.
Each student will be charged the roundtrip international plane fare from JFK to Georgetown. We anticipate that this will be approximately $1000.
Time scheduling: The course will be an intensive course. We will meet each week before spring break for three hours. It is a requirement that you must attend the 14 days of the spring break, in the Spring Semester 2009. There will be no opportunity to join the group late or leave early. In Guyana, each day class activities will occupy 9-10 hrs including lectures, lab assignments and discussions. There will also be class meetings to finish the projects after the trip.
Suggested prerequsites: E&ES197 or E&ES199 or BIOL216.
|Instructor(s): Chernoff,Barry Times: ...W... 01:10PM-04:00PM; Location: 156 HIGH;
|Permission of Instructor Required
Enrollment capacity: 12
|Permission of instructor approval will be granted by the instructor during pre-registration through the Electronic Portfolio. Click "Add to My Courses" and "To request a POI electronically, click here" to submit your request.
|Drop/Add Enrollment Requests
|Total Submitted Requests: 2
|1st Ranked: 2
|2nd Ranked: 0
|3rd Ranked: 0
|4th Ranked: 0