Environmental Biology

The courses below are offered through the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology.

For questions about specific courses, contact the department:

Departmental Offices: 10th floor, Schermerhorn Extension
212-854-9987

Web: www.columbia.edu/cu/e3b

Fall 2016

Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology

Advanced Graduate Classes

  • EEEB W1010x. Human Origins and Evolution. 3 pts. Lab fee: $25. Taught every fall.

    This is an introductory course in human evolution. Building on a foundation of evolutionary theory, students explore primate behavioral morphology and then trace the last 65 million years of primate evolution from the earliest Paleocene forms to the fossil remains of earliest humans and human relatives. Along with Behavioral Biology of the Living Primates this serves as a core required class for the EBHS program.Recitation Section Required.

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    Call Number/
    Section
    Days & Times/
    Location
    Instructor Enrollment
    Fall 2016 :: EEEB W1010 :: Credit Sections
    EEEB
    1010
    17439
    001
    MW 11:40a - 12:55p
    TBA
    J. Shapiro 52 [ More Info ]
  • EEEB W2001x. Environmental Biology I: Elements to Organisms. 3 pts.

    Introductory biology course for majors in biology or environmental biology, emphasizing the ecological and evolutionary context of modern biology.

    Course
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    Call Number/
    Section
    Days & Times/
    Location
    Instructor Enrollment
    Fall 2016 :: EEEB W2001 :: Credit Sections
    EEEB
    2001
    27001
    001
    TuTh 1:10p - 2:25p
    TBA
    Instructor To Be Announced 36 / 60 [ More Info ]
  • EEEB W3656x. Quantitative Methods in Biodiversity and Conservation. 3 pts. Enrollment limited to 12.

    Prerequisites: there are no prerequisites, but a basic understanding of the principles of conservation biology and some experience in the R programming environment and/or ArcGIS are recommended.

    This course will introduce students to a suite of quantitative approaches essential to managing our dwindling resources and will provide students with a toolbox of quantitative methods geared toward scientists and managers that are applicable within a wide range of systems. The course will cover the theory behind and practice of several key components of quantitative analysis in the field of conservation biology, including measuring biodiversity and abundance, population density analysis, detecting trends and extinctions from sighting data, population viability analysis, remote sensing, species distribution modeling, spatial conservation prioritization, conservation trade-offs and co-benefits on the landscape; corridors, and spatial network processes on the landscape.

  • EEEB W4001x. Society and Nature in the Amazon. 4 pts.

    The Amazon Basin is one of the largest equatorial forests on earth. Far from being an untouched bioma the Amazon has a rich and instigating sociobiodiversity that can be apprehended in its uniqueness since pre-colombian times. History, culture, politics correlated with hydrology, climate and ecology are elements for the understanding of contemporary dynamics in the Amazon. The course aims towards an interdisciplinary approach of the Amazon as a unique ecosystem in Latin America which reflects a myrad of questions crucial for the understanding not only of South America but of nature and society in modern times.

  • EEEB W4010y. The Evolutionary Basis of Human Behavior. 3 pts. Offered intermittently.

    Prerequisites: introductory course in evolutionary biology, e.g., EEEB W1010, EEEB W1011 or EEEB W2001, or the instructor's permission.

    This course addresses the role of evolution in contemporary human social behavior, including such topics as kin selection, sexual selection, parenting, altruism, and conflict. Populations explored will include both industrialized and traditional societies, with an emphasis on the interaction between evolutionarily-influenced behavior and the local ecological context.

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    Call Number/
    Section
    Days & Times/
    Location
    Instructor Enrollment
    Fall 2016 :: EEEB W4010 :: Credit Sections
    EEEB
    4010
    29032
    001
    TuTh 11:40a - 12:55p
    TBA
    Instructor To Be Announced 25 [ More Info ]
  • EEEB G4100x. Forest Ecology. 4 pts.

    Prerequisites: one year of college biology.

    EEEB G4100 Forest Ecology focuses on interpreting and understanding pattern and process in forested ecosystems. These ecosystems include the assemblages of trees and the biological communities and environments in which they exist. The complex interactions among the organisms and the physical environment are a major focus of this course. The course involves lecture, literature discussion, and field laboratory conponents, with an emphasis on the analysis and interpretation of student-collected data.Lab Required.

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    Instructor Enrollment
    Fall 2016 :: EEEB G4100 :: Credit Sections
    EEEB
    4100
    20504
    001
    W 2:10p - 4:00p
    TBA
    F 9:00a - 1:00p
    TBA
    K. Griffin
    M. Palmer
    13 / 13 [ More Info ]
  • EEEB W4110y. Coastal and Estuarine Ecology. 4 pts.

    Prerequisites: Environmental Biology I or the equivalent.

    Environments close to shore are hugely ecologically important, not least in terms of their contributions to biodiversity, primary and secondary productivity. Coastal and Estuarine Ecology introduces students to a range of nearshore habitats and biota, the processes that operate in these environments, and potential threats through, for example, habitat destruction and alteration, overfishing, and climate change. Field research makes up a large component of the course and its assessment, with students given the opportunity to build proficiency in field observation and enquiry through either several short field trips or a week-long trip to a dedicated marine station. The specific structure of the trip(s) will be determined during the fall, with more details and regular updates listed on the Courseworks site. Please note: occasional field trips on Fridays and Saturdays are required for this course.

    Course
    Number
    Call Number/
    Section
    Days & Times/
    Location
    Instructor Enrollment
    Fall 2016 :: EEEB W4110 :: Credit Sections
    EEEB
    4110
    19169
    001
    MW 11:40a - 12:55p
    TBA
    J. Drew 9 / 20 [ More Info ]
  • EEEB W4111x. Ecosystem Ecology and Global Change. 3 pts.

    This course will provide an introduction to ecosystem ecology. Topics include primary production carbon storage, nutrient cycling, and ecosystem feedbacks to climate change. By the end of the course, students will be well versed in the basics of ecosystem ecology and have exposure to some current areas of research. Topics covered will include some aspects that are well established and others that are hotly debated among scientists. Throughout the course, students will be encouraged to think independently and act like research scientists. Discussion Section Required.

  • EEEB W4112x. Ichthyology. 3 pts.

    Fish are an incredibly diverse group with upwards of 27,000 named species. They are important ecologically, represent one of the major vertebrate lineages and face numerous conservation threats. This course will provide students with the tools to understand how the evolution, systematics, anatomy, and diversity of fishes influence their conservation status.

  • EEEB G4140. Ornithology. 3 pts.

    Prerequisites: EEEB W2001, EEEB W2002, or equivalent.

    This basic ornithology class lays the foundation for more in-depth study as it presents an overview of avian evolution, ecology, and current conservation issues.

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    Section
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    Location
    Instructor Enrollment
    Fall 2016 :: EEEB G4140 :: Credit Sections
    EEEB
    4140
    28347
    001
    W 5:10p - 7:00p
    1015 EXT SCHERMERHORN HALL
    S. Elbin 20 [ More Info ]
  • EEEB W4240x. Animal Migration in Theory and Practice. 3 pts. Enrollment limited to 25. Field trips will be scheduled.

    This course presents an overview of migration, from the selective pressures animals face in migrating to the mechanisms of navigation and orientation. We will explore migration in a variety of animal taxa. Bird migration will be studied in-depth, as birds exhibit some of the most spectacular long distance migrations and are the most well-studied of animal migrators. The challenges of global climate change and changing land use patterns, and how species are coping with them, will also be explored.

  • EEEB W4321. Human Nature: DNA, Race & Identity. 4 pts.

    The course focuses on human identity, beginning with the individual and progressing to communal and global viewpoints using a framework of perspectives from biology, genetics, medicine, psychiatry, religion and the law.

    Course
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    Call Number/
    Section
    Days & Times/
    Location
    Instructor Enrollment
    Fall 2016 :: EEEB W4321 :: Credit Sections
    EEEB
    4321
    10699
    001
    W 2:10p - 4:00p
    TBA
    M. Pollack
    R. Pollack
    14 [ More Info ]
  • EEEB W4340x. Human Adaptation. 3 pts.

    Prerequisites: EEEB W1010 Human Species or ANTH V1007 Origins of Human Society or the instructor's permission.

    This course explores human adaptation from a biological, ecological and evolutionary perspective. From our earliest hominin ancestors in Africa to our own species' subsequent dispersal throughout the world, our lineage has encountered innumerable environmental pressures. Using morphological, physiological and behavioral/cultural evidence, we will examine the responses to these pressures that helped shape our unique lineage and allowed it to adapt to a diverse array of environments.

  • EEEB G4645x. Cultural and Biological Diversity. 3 pts. Enrollment limited to 20.

    Prerequisites: the instructor's permission.

    This course examines the articulation of biological, linguistic, and cultural diversity.

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    Call Number/
    Section
    Days & Times/
    Location
    Instructor Enrollment
    Fall 2016 :: EEEB G4645 :: Credit Sections
    EEEB
    4645
    70162
    001
    M 4:10p - 6:00p
    TBA
    Instructor To Be Announced 10 / 20 [ More Info ]
  • EEEB G4655y. Biodiversity, Natural Resources and Conflict. 3 pts.

    Environmental programs worldwide are fraught with disputes between groups of people over natural resources. Such conflict can be highly complex, may undermine or deter environmental conservation efforts, and may even foster violence. These conflicts often involve disagreements between different human parties that are divided by culture, social values, and perceptions about the ethics and appropriatemess of how resources should be allocated or used. Combining specific case studies, ecological and social theory, and a complex systems approach, this course will enhance the proficiency of participants to understand, study, and manage natural resource-based conflicts. The course is designed for conservation scientists, environmental policymakers, rural development specialists, political ecologists, and conflict/peace workers.

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    Call Number/
    Section
    Days & Times/
    Location
    Instructor Enrollment
    Fall 2016 :: EEEB G4655 :: Credit Sections
    EEEB
    4655
    74274
    001
    Tu 5:10p - 7:00p
    TBA
    L. Douglas 16 [ More Info ]
  • EEEB G5010x or y. Statistical Modeling in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. 6 pts. Enrollment limited to 12.

    Prerequisites: basic statistics (e.g., STAT W1111 and STAT W1211), core E3B grad courses (EEEB G6110, EEEB G6112, or EEEB G6990), or the instructor's permission.

    An exploration of data-based models as tools for inference in ecological research. Emphasis on the formulation and development of scientific models, modern statistical and computational methods for estimating model parameters, and evaluation of alternate models using strength of evidence. Laboratory exeercises challenge students to apply these methods to real ecological data, including their own research. The course also explores the philosophical underpinnings of different statistical schools f thought including frequentist, likelihoodist, and Bayesian approaches.Lab Required.

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    Call Number/
    Section
    Days & Times/
    Location
    Instructor Enrollment
    Fall 2016 :: EEEB G5010 :: Credit Sections
    EEEB
    5010
    76474
    001
    TuTh 10:10a - 11:25a
    TBA
    Tu 11:30a - 2:30p
    TBA
    M. Uriarte 10 / 12 [ More Info ]
  • EEEB G6150x and y. Advances in Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology. 3 pts.

    Survey of recent advances in the ecological, evolutionary, and environmental sciences. Enrollment limited to 20.

    Spring 2016

    Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology

    Advanced Graduate Classes

  • EEEB W3087y. Conservation Biology. 3 pts.

    Prerequisites: introductory organismal biology course, ideally EEEB W2002.

    Applications of biological principles to the conservation of biodiverstiy. Because conservation biology is a cross-disciplinary field, some of the social, philosophical, and economic dimensions of biological conservation are also addressed.Recitation Section Required.

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    Call Number/
    Section
    Days & Times/
    Location
    Instructor Enrollment
    Spring 2016 :: EEEB W3087 :: Credit Sections
    EEEB
    3087
    73704
    001
    M 4:10p - 6:00p
    1015 EXT SCHERMERHORN HALL
    S. Spector 7 [ More Info ]
  • EEEB W3656x. Quantitative Methods in Biodiversity and Conservation. 3 pts. Enrollment limited to 12.

    Prerequisites: there are no prerequisites, but a basic understanding of the principles of conservation biology and some experience in the R programming environment and/or ArcGIS are recommended.

    This course will introduce students to a suite of quantitative approaches essential to managing our dwindling resources and will provide students with a toolbox of quantitative methods geared toward scientists and managers that are applicable within a wide range of systems. The course will cover the theory behind and practice of several key components of quantitative analysis in the field of conservation biology, including measuring biodiversity and abundance, population density analysis, detecting trends and extinctions from sighting data, population viability analysis, remote sensing, species distribution modeling, spatial conservation prioritization, conservation trade-offs and co-benefits on the landscape; corridors, and spatial network processes on the landscape.

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    Section
    Days & Times/
    Location
    Instructor Enrollment
    Spring 2016 :: EEEB W3656 :: Credit Sections
    EEEB
    3656
    26501
    001
    Tu 1:10p - 2:25p
    425 PUPIN LABORATORIES
    Th 1:10p - 2:25p
    252 ENGINEERING TERRACE
    M. Cattau 3 [ More Info ]
  • EEEB W3919y. Trading Nature: A Conservaton Biology Perspective. 4 pts.

    This course explores the scientific and theoretical conceptualization of nature as a market commodity, through the lens of conservation biology. Students will engage in critical analysis of the 'traditional' forms in which biodiversity has been appropriated as inputs into markets such as fisheries, resource extraction, bushmeat and medicine, as well as new market environmentalism.

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    Spring 2016 :: EEEB W3919 :: Credit Sections
    EEEB
    3919
    25784
    001
    W 10:10a - 12:00p
    963 EXT SCHERMERHORN HALL
    M. Blair 6 / 12 [ More Info ]
  • EEEB W3921y. Agriculture and the Environment. 4 pts. Course consists of 6 separate modules, offered in rotation of four, each worth 4 points.

    Prerequisites: EEEB W2001 and EEEB W2002 Environmental Biology I and II, or the instructor's permission.

    Students will compare productivity, diversity, and ecological processes in the diverse farming systems of Kenya which include highland and lowland, large and small-scale systems, monoculture cereal crops, mixed farming with crops and livestock, pastoral systems, diverse tree crop systems from plantations to multispecies agroforests, and intensive horticulture. Students spend their time in Kenya learning state of the art techniques for characterizing soils, agricultural landscapes, and ecosystem services. They will use these methods across the range of farming systems to develop projects comparing various aspects of these systems, and explore sustainability issues from the ecological, agricultural, and livelihood disciplines. This course is part of a semester abroad program in Tropical Biology and Sustainability based in Kenya and cannot be taken separately on campus.

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    Location
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    Spring 2016 :: EEEB W3921 :: Credit Sections
    EEEB
    3921
    28282
    001
    TBA D. Rubenstein 0 / 10 [ More Info ]
  • EEEB W3923y. Savanna Ecology and Conservation. 4 pts. Course consists of 6 separate modules, offered in rotation of four, each worth 4 points.

    Prerequisites: EEEB W2001 and EEEB W2002 Environmental Biology I and II, or the instructor's permission.

    Only six percent of Africa's land is protected, and these areas are rarely large enough to sustain wildlife populations. Mostly, wildlife must share land with people who also face survival challenges. This course will explore how wildlife and people interact in Kenya, where new approaches to conservation are being developed and implemented. Lectures will cover the ecology of tropical grasslands and first principles underlying conservation and management of these landscapes. Field trips and projects will examine the dynamics between human actions and biodiversity conservation. This course is part of the study abroad program in Kenya on Tropical Biology and Sustainability and cannot be taken separately n campus.

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    Spring 2016 :: EEEB W3923 :: Credit Sections
    EEEB
    3923
    13006
    001
    TBA D. Rubenstein 0 / 10 [ More Info ]
  • EEEB W3924y. Natural History of African Mammals. 4 pts. Course consists of 6 separate modules, offered in rotation of four, each worth 4 points.

    Prerequisites: EEEB W2001 and EEEB W2002 Environmental Biology I and II, or the instructor's permission.

    Introduction to concepts, methods, and material of comparative natural history, with African mammals as focal organisms. Perspectives include morphology, identification, evolution, ecology, behavior and conservation. Observations and experiments on a variety of species in different habitats and at a range of scales will provide insights into the adaptive value and underlying mechanistic function of mammalian adaptations. This course is based in Laikipia, but may travel to other sites across Kenya, which might include other conservancies and pastoral group ranches. This course is part of a semester abroad program in Tropical Biology and Sustainability based in Kenya and cannot be taken separately on campus.

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    Days & Times/
    Location
    Instructor Enrollment
    Spring 2016 :: EEEB W3924 :: Credit Sections
    EEEB
    3924
    23443
    001
    TBA D. Rubenstein 0 / 10 [ More Info ]
  • EEEB W3925y. Sustainable Development in Practice. 4 pts. Course consists of 6 separate modules, offered in rotation of four, each worth 4 points.

    Prerequisites: EEEB W2001 and EEEB W2002 Environmental Biology I and II, or the instructor's permission.

    Students will study the theory and practical application of sustainable development, touching on urban and rural issues in Kenya and other diverse agro-ecological zones in East Africa. They will begin at the Columbia Global Centers/Africa in Nairobi by learning about the administrative and socio-political structures that govern Kenya and East Africa followed by an emersion in the history of the United Nation's Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Students will then spend time studying agriculture, education, infrastructure, water, and health issues in other urban and rural areas in Kenya and East Africa to understand the need for an integrated approach to sustainable development. Discussions with communities, field work, practical problem solving, GIS tools, e-tools, modeling, and understanding of the local constraints will form the foundation for this course. This course is part of a semester abroad program in Tropical Biology and Sustainability based in Kenya and cannot be taken separately on campus.

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    Call Number/
    Section
    Days & Times/
    Location
    Instructor Enrollment
    Spring 2016 :: EEEB W3925 :: Credit Sections
    EEEB
    3925
    21754
    001
    TBA D. Rubenstein 0 / 10 [ More Info ]
  • EEEB W4010y. The Evolutionary Basis of Human Behavior. 3 pts. Offered intermittently.

    Prerequisites: introductory course in evolutionary biology, e.g., EEEB W1010, EEEB W1011 or EEEB W2001, or the instructor's permission.

    This course addresses the role of evolution in contemporary human social behavior, including such topics as kin selection, sexual selection, parenting, altruism, and conflict. Populations explored will include both industrialized and traditional societies, with an emphasis on the interaction between evolutionarily-influenced behavior and the local ecological context.

  • EEEB W4110y. Coastal and Estuarine Ecology. 4 pts.

    Prerequisites: Environmental Biology I or the equivalent.

    Environments close to shore are hugely ecologically important, not least in terms of their contributions to biodiversity, primary and secondary productivity. Coastal and Estuarine Ecology introduces students to a range of nearshore habitats and biota, the processes that operate in these environments, and potential threats through, for example, habitat destruction and alteration, overfishing, and climate change. Field research makes up a large component of the course and its assessment, with students given the opportunity to build proficiency in field observation and enquiry through either several short field trips or a week-long trip to a dedicated marine station. The specific structure of the trip(s) will be determined during the fall, with more details and regular updates listed on the Courseworks site. Please note: occasional field trips on Fridays and Saturdays are required for this course.

  • EEEB G4135y. Urban Ecology and Design. 3 pts.

    Prerequisites: One year of introductory biology or permission from the instuctor

    Urban Ecology and Design will explore and evaluate the ecological potential of the designed urban environment. Students will work in interdisciplinary groups to study and evaluate the relationships between urban design and ecological performance through a series of case studies, field explorations, and studio visits. New York City will be used as a test site for analysis and students will work together to evaluate urban systems with regards to vegetation, wildlife, sediment management, water, energy, and pollution using techniques of visual mapping and the application of quantitative scientific criteria over multiple scales. The course offers a deeper understanding of the relationships that drive urban ecosystems, a critical evaluation of commonly used urban design techniques, and insights into how to better design functional ecosystems within the urban context.

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    Call Number/
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    Instructor Enrollment
    Spring 2016 :: EEEB G4135 :: Credit Sections
    EEEB
    4135
    83596
    001
    F 11:00a - 1:00p
    309 HAMILTON HALL
    M. Palmer 9 / 25 [ More Info ]
  • EEEB W4160y. Landscape Ecology. 3 pts.

    Prerequisites: Introductory background in ecology (EEEB W2001, EEEB W2002 or similar course, e.g. EEEB 4110, BC2272)or permission from the instructor. Basic knowledge of R statistical software.

    Landscape ecology is a sub-discipline of ecology that examines the development, causes and attributes of spatial patterns of landscapes and their implications for ecological processes. By its nature, landscape ecology draws from many other areas within ecology. The course will consider ecological processes at the individual, population, community, and ecosystem level. The ecology of landscapes is also critical to the development of management and restoration schemes that take into account biodiversity conservation, provision of ecosystem services, and human land use. The course will cover the conceptual underpinnings of landscape ecology and will introduce students to some of the tools used to analyze the structure and dynamics of landscapes. Students will also examine consequences of landscape patterns and dynamics for organisms and for the management and sustainability of landscapes. These skills prepare students to ask questions from a landscape perspective.

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    Spring 2016 :: EEEB W4160 :: Credit Sections
    EEEB
    4160
    61397
    001
    TuTh 8:40a - 9:55a
    1015 EXT SCHERMERHORN HALL
    M. Uriarte 3 / 20 [ More Info ]
  • EEEB W4192y. Introduction to Landscape Analysis. 3 pts.

    Prerequisites: SDEV W3390 or EESC W4050 or the instructor's permission.

    This class provides basic theory in landscape analysis and training in methods for analyzing landscapes, focusing on interpretation of satellite images. The class covers approaches and definitions in landscape analysis, data sources, land cover classification, change detection, accuracy assessment, projections of future land cover change, and techniques to interpret results of these analyses. Students will obtain hands-on experience working with data from a landscape related to his/her research or a landscape chosen by the instructors.Lab Required.

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    Spring 2016 :: EEEB W4192 :: Credit Sections
    EEEB
    4192
    69472
    001
    MW 1:10p - 2:25p
    558 EXT SCHERMERHORN HALL
    R. DeFries 13 / 18 [ More Info ]
  • EEEB W4195. Marine Conservation Ecology. 3 pts.

    Prerequisites: EEEB G6110, EEEB G6112, or EEEB G6990, basic statistics, or the instructor's permission.

    This course provides an overview of marine ecology, introducing processes and systems from which the marine environment is formed and the issues and challenges which surround its future conservation. Coursework will be evaluated using debates, oral presentations and more traditional metrics. Topics to be covered include fisheries, invasive species, habitat alteration, climate change. While we will focus on general threats there will be special emphasis placed on coral reef ecosystems.

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    Spring 2016 :: EEEB W4195 :: Credit Sections
    EEEB
    4195
    29327
    001
    TuTh 10:10a - 11:25a
    1015 EXT SCHERMERHORN HALL
    J. Drew 19 [ More Info ]
  • EEEB G4200y. Natural History of the Mammals. 3 pts.

    Prerequisites: introductory course in Biology or Evolution.

    This taxon-based course provides students with a basic understanding of the diverstiy and natural history of the mammals. Broad coverage of mammalian biology includes: morphological adaptations, evolutionary history, ecology, social behavior, biogeography, and conservation.

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    Spring 2016 :: EEEB G4200 :: Credit Sections
    EEEB
    4200
    63213
    001
    Tu 6:10p - 8:00p
    1015 EXT SCHERMERHORN HALL
    S. Silver 9 / 18 [ More Info ]
  • EEEB W4321. Human Nature: DNA, Race & Identity. 4 pts.

    The course focuses on human identity, beginning with the individual and progressing to communal and global viewpoints using a framework of perspectives from biology, genetics, medicine, psychiatry, religion and the law.

    Course
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    Call Number/
    Section
    Days & Times/
    Location
    Instructor Enrollment
    Spring 2016 :: EEEB W4321 :: Credit Sections
    EEEB
    4321
    22892
    001
    W 2:10p - 4:00p
    309 HAMILTON HALL
    M. Pollack
    R. Pollack
    11 [ More Info ]
  • EEEB W4340x. Human Adaptation. 3 pts.

    Prerequisites: EEEB W1010 Human Species or ANTH V1007 Origins of Human Society or the instructor's permission.

    This course explores human adaptation from a biological, ecological and evolutionary perspective. From our earliest hominin ancestors in Africa to our own species' subsequent dispersal throughout the world, our lineage has encountered innumerable environmental pressures. Using morphological, physiological and behavioral/cultural evidence, we will examine the responses to these pressures that helped shape our unique lineage and allowed it to adapt to a diverse array of environments.

    Course
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    Call Number/
    Section
    Days & Times/
    Location
    Instructor Enrollment
    Spring 2016 :: EEEB W4340 :: Credit Sections
    EEEB
    4340
    76198
    001
    TuTh 11:40a - 12:55p
    717 HAMILTON HALL
    J. Manser 13 / 20 [ More Info ]
  • EEEB G4655y. Biodiversity, Natural Resources and Conflict. 3 pts.

    Environmental programs worldwide are fraught with disputes between groups of people over natural resources. Such conflict can be highly complex, may undermine or deter environmental conservation efforts, and may even foster violence. These conflicts often involve disagreements between different human parties that are divided by culture, social values, and perceptions about the ethics and appropriatemess of how resources should be allocated or used. Combining specific case studies, ecological and social theory, and a complex systems approach, this course will enhance the proficiency of participants to understand, study, and manage natural resource-based conflicts. The course is designed for conservation scientists, environmental policymakers, rural development specialists, political ecologists, and conflict/peace workers.

  • EEEB G5010x or y. Statistical Modeling in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. 6 pts. Enrollment limited to 12.

    Prerequisites: basic statistics (e.g., STAT W1111 and STAT W1211), core E3B grad courses (EEEB G6110, EEEB G6112, or EEEB G6990), or the instructor's permission.

    An exploration of data-based models as tools for inference in ecological research. Emphasis on the formulation and development of scientific models, modern statistical and computational methods for estimating model parameters, and evaluation of alternate models using strength of evidence. Laboratory exeercises challenge students to apply these methods to real ecological data, including their own research. The course also explores the philosophical underpinnings of different statistical schools f thought including frequentist, likelihoodist, and Bayesian approaches.Lab Required.

  • EEEB G6150x and y. Advances in Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology. 3 pts.

    Survey of recent advances in the ecological, evolutionary, and environmental sciences. Enrollment limited to 20.

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    Call Number/
    Section
    Days & Times/
    Location
    Instructor Enrollment
    Spring 2016 :: EEEB G6150 :: Credit Sections
    EEEB
    6150
    62198
    001
    Th 12:10p - 2:00p
    1015 EXT SCHERMERHORN HALL
    M. Uriarte 7 [ More Info ]
  • The University reserves the right to withdraw or modify the courses of instruction or to change the instructors as may become necessary.