ENVI 252
Biodiversity and Climate Change Fall 2017
Division II
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What are the likely ecological effects of anthropogenic climate change? And what are the most promising proposals for mitigating negative consequences for Earth’s 8.7 million-or-so species? This course will examine the impacts of climate change on the distributions, behaviors, and interactions of plants and animal species. It will also explore the challenges that climate change poses for traditional conservation and restoration practices. The course’s major themes include the tensions among different visions of the planet’s ecological future; the consideration of multiple scales of change (both temporal and spatial); the complexity of biotic interactions; and human responsibility for ecological and climate change. Readings will draw from the disciplines of ecology, science and technology studies (STS), and the environmental humanities.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 19
Class#: 1775
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: participation, several shorter writing assignments, and a final project
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
Prerequisites: BIOL/ENVI 203: Ecology or permission of the instructor
Enrollment Preferences: Environmental Studies majors and concentrators
Distributions: Division II
Attributes: ENVI Humanities, Arts + Social Science Electives

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