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"We are not human beings having ecological experience; we are ecological being having a human experience" 
            ~ Thomas Berry, Priest & Eco-Theologian

This course focuses on bio-diversity, conservation biology and how human activities and management practices alter biodiversity and the functioning ecosystem.  Additionally, students will examine economic and other social science perspectives to estimate the value of ecosystem services and to evaluate options for achieving the sustainable flow of eco-services to better maintain a healthy balance between man and his environment.  Project teams focus on man’s impact on the ecosystem structure and function, renewable and non-renewable resources, and ecological risk assessment due to population growth and toxicology.  Additional topics include; the interrelationship between the exosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere and how they interact with each other, and how biological systems influence the physical and chemical characteristics of soils and sediments including mineral chemistry, air and water.

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