ENVI 465
Solutions to the Biodiversity Crisis Spring 2024
Division II

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The biodiversity crisis is one of the greatest challenges of our century. Faced with climate change, persistent pollution, and habitat fragmentation, species are declining locally and globally. In this upper-level seminar we will integrate knowledge from the natural sciences, social sciences, policy, arts, and the humanities to design and implement biodiversity interventions. Through readings, discussions with experts, and applied projects, we will learn how biodiversity conservation and restoration can be socially just; how spaces can be designed to promote the flourishing of life; and how much local environmental management can alter global trends. We will also envision what the biotic world might look like in 10, 100, and 1000 years and consider who gets to decide which species live and which die, and who should decide.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 12
Class#: 3308
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: One 5-7-page paper; final collaborative project
Prerequisites: Environmental Studies 101 and 102
Enrollment Preferences: Environmental/Maritime Studies majors and concentrators; seniors
Distributions: Division II
Attributes: ENVI Senior Seminar
EVST Senior Seminar
MAST Senior Seminar

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