What are the rules of living on Earth, and why are they important? Are we heading into an ecological disaster, and what can we do to reverse or slow down trends? If you catch yourself pondering these questions while daydreaming, this course is for you.
In this interdisciplinary course, students will tackle ecological, environmental, biological, and chemical questions to understand how various species living on Earth are interconnected with each other and their environments. Before coming up with solutions on how to save the environment, we want our students to gain an understanding of how things work and why.
In the first module, students will learn about elements in the ecological hierarchy and what different ecologists study. They will study what factors determine ecological activity in an ecosystem, how they impact biodiversity in different biomes throughout our planet, how energy flows through ecosystems, and how toxins accumulate in our food webs.