Ecology Lab
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: University-wide Programs
Department: Environmental Studies
Course Number: UENV 3450
Course Format: Studio
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
Topics:
  • Environmental Studies
  • Ecology
  • Urban Environment
Description:
This laboratory and field-based course teaches ecological research methodologies including experimental design and analysis in a laboratory setting while also making regular examinations of an ecological field study in a metropolitan site. Because ecological science is interdisciplinary and urban ecology even more so, this course links physical science with social science by taking the laboratory outside. In this non-traditional laboratory course, students design a meaningful research project using proven microcosm scale designs to build multi-trophic ecological communities to test prominent ecological theory. The laboratory basis for the course is complemented by using NYC as an external laboratory. Students gain an in-depth look at ecological field experimentation and observation in a highly socialized field location, small urban parks in New York City. A major goal is to help students gain comfort with science as a process, with ecology as a science, and with examining ecological systems in the unique framework of a metropolitan city. This is a core course for the Environmental Studies major.
Course Open to: Degree Students