Environmental Issues of the North

BIOLOGY 490/690

Environmental Issues of the North

Spring SEMESTER 2012

 

 

This course will focus on the current biological, cultural, and socioecological issues associated with climate and environmental change in the far North—including habitat and biodiversity change, community vulnerability and resilience, and environmental policy.  There will be a strong transnational focus on Alaska and Siberia, and the course will include participation by elder speakers of northern indigenous people, local and regional governmental authorities in the US and Russia, and private industry.  This course will be web-linked simultaneously with participating faculty and students at the University of Kansas, Tyumen State University (Tyumen Oblast, Russia), and Gorno-Altaisk State University (Altai Autonomous Region, Russia).

 

Lecture time:  4 – 6:30 PM Wednesday                       

Where class meets:  EBL 101

Instructors:  Lil Alessa, Douglas Causey

TA:  Veronica Padula

Office Hours:  By appointment

 

Guest Faculty and Institutions:

      Cynthia Annett (UAA)                                    

      Gerald Mikkelson (U Kansas)                           

      Helen Hundley (Wichita State U)                     

      Albina Kravchenko (Gorno-Altaisk State U)    

      Mariya Ostanina (Gorno-Altaisk State U)        

      Andre Tolstikov (Tyumen State U)                     

          

Course Documents and Materials:


All course information and materials will be available on the course Blackboard sites (BIOL490 and BIOL690 have different sites).

Grades


Basis—Regular attendance is required. 20% of your overall grade will be evaluated on the basis of attendance and participation (eg., discussions, oral presentations). There will be one written midterm (30%) that will cover the basic information presented in the first half of the course and a term paper will be worth 50%.

Term paper—The term paper is due on Wednesday, April 25. They should be at 15 – 20 pages (double-spaced) and demonstrate your own original research and writing. You will need to have your topic approved by Dr. Alessa or Dr. Causey by March 28 at the latest.


A: 100-90%; B: 89-80%; C: 79-70%; D: 69-60%.


Cheating, plagiarism, unprofessional conduct: Please don’t.


MAKEUP EXAM POLICY: Makeup exams normally will not be given. It is the student’s responsibility to take all scheduled exams on time. If makeup exams are given, it will be at the discretion of the instructor.

 

DAY     DATE

DATE

LECTURE TOPIC

Wed

18 Jan

Introduction: “What is the Arctic?” Who are we, what are the issues?  Format of the course, guest faculty and lectures, participating institutions.

 

 

I.  People and Landscapes:  Socioecological Systems

Wed

25 Jan

1. Siberia, Circumpolar Arctic: Historical and Present Contexts

Wed

1 Feb

2. Western Siberia and Fennoscandia

Wed

8 Feb

3. Eastern Siberia, Canadian and Alaskan Interior

Wed

15 Feb

4. Siberian Far East, Beringia

Wed

22 Feb

5. High Arctic

 

 

II.  Arctic Environmental Impacts and Issues

Wed

29 Feb

6.  Climate Change Scenarios

Wed

7 Mar

7.  Historical Legacies of Colonization and Development

Wed

14 Mar

S P R I N G   B R E A K

Wed

21 Mar

8. Water

Wed

28 Mar

9. Landscape Change

Wed

4 Apr

10. Resource Flows

 

 

III.  Community Resilience, Environmental Policy and Security

Wed

11 Apr

11.  Resilience

Wed

18 Apr

12. Arctic Environmental Protection Strategy

Wed

25 Apr

13. Arctic Environmental Security

Wed

2 May

14. Oral Reports and Discussion

 

 

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Dr. Cynthia Annett,
Jan 18, 2012, 7:15 PM