climate change biology


Climate Change Biology, transformed to Climate Change Captured for CommUniversity, Personal Enrichment, Davenport, IA, combines the science of climate change with artistic expression for personal growth.

In this course, I explore climate change and art with students through: (1) classroom studies on current evidence and forecasts of a warming climate; (2) field studies that include repeat photography to document environmental conditions; and (3) reflection photography that captures thoughts and feelings about our changing Earth and what the future may hold for us and the natural world.

I teach the science of climate change and the technical use of digital cameras in easy to understand terms and with interactive, hands-on assignments.

Registration | Climate Change Captured

I will teach Climate Change Captured in early 2018 for CommUniversity: "... 4 Sundays in February ... ideas, challenges, conversations ..."

A list of the 2018 courses offered through CommUniversity, including a focused group with Climate Change Captured, may be found online at CommUniversity courses are taught from 2-4 p.m. each Sunday in February in 2018: February 4, 11, 18, and 25. The only exception to this is on opening day, February 4th, when CommUniversity 2018 will begin 1 p.m. in the Rogalski Center at St. Ambrose with a key note lecture by Dr. David W. Crowe (Augustana College) titled "Revolutionary Neighbors: Hemingway and Ho Chi Minh in 1920s Paris."

Registration for 2018 CommUniversity courses is available here:

Enrollment in Climate Change Captured is limited to 10 students.

Weekly Schedule & Topics | Climate Change Captured

Week 1 / February 4 / St. Ambrose University (classroom)

  1. Climate change: current evidence, causes, and consequences to humans and the natural world
  2. Fundamentals of photography: exposure and depth-of-field

Week 2 / February 11 / St. Ambrose University (classroom)

  1. Climate change: future prospects for humans and natural world
  2. Fundamentals of photography: photo editing, composition, and ‘making’ photographs

Week 3 / February 18 / Collinson Ecological Preserve, Milan, IL (field trip)

  1. Make landscape photographs in the field at research monitoring sites
  2. Reflection photography: making photographs that capture thoughts and feelings on climate change and fieldwork

Week 4 / February 25 / St. Ambrose University (classroom)

  1. Photo sharing and discussion of refection photographs
  2. Climate change and photography wrap up

Student Course Information | Climate Change Captured

Digital camera (DLSR or mirrorless) required with manual settings for exposure (such as, ISO and M, A, S, and P modes) and depth of field.

NOTE: all students will be taught how to manual camera settings and, thus, no previous knowledge required.

One class field trip to a local nature preserve, Collinson Ecological Preserve, an Augustana College Field Station; light hiking for about 1 mile and taking photographs.

Contact Information | Climate Change Captured

Stephen B. Hager, Ph.D. | Department of Biology, Augustana College, Rock Island, IL 61201

309.794.3439 office |

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