Summer Sessions | Courses | Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology

Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology

The E3B Department  emphasizes a multi-disciplinary perspective to understand life on Earth from the level of organisms to global processes that sustain humanity and all life. The summer course offerings include topics related to ecosystem science, behavioral and community ecology, and areas of plant and animal systematics.

The courses on this page reflect Summer 2018 offerings. 

 

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Behavioral Biology of the Living Primates
EEEB S1011C 3 points.

The study of nonhuman primate behavior from the perspective of phylogeny, adaptation, physiology and anatomy, and life history.  This course focuses on the four main problems primates face:  Finding appropriate food, avoiding being eaten themselves, reproducing in the face of competition and dealing with social partners.No previous knowledge of science is assumed. Fulfills a science requirement for most Columbia and GS undergraduates. Field trip:  Date TBD. Trip to zoo—during class time; students pay for public transportation

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Note:  Separate registration is not required for discussion section.  

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EEEB 1011 001/76029 M M Tu Tu Tu Tu Tu Th Th Th Th Th 1:00p - 5:20p
652 SCHERMERHORN HALL
Jenna Lawrence 3 Open
Biodiversity, Conservation, and Behavior Change
EEEB S4076D 3 points.

This course focuses on the potential value of behavior change programs to improve biodiversity conservation, with a focus on the use of social marketing approaches.  Through analysis of case studies from endangered parrot conservation to consumer demand for sustainably produced coffee, we examine the power of conservation marketing to move people beyond raised awareness and good intentions to secure and maintained pro-conservation behaviors.

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EEEB 4076 001/74120 M W 1:00p - 4:10p
963 EXT SCHERMERHORN HALL
Leo Douglas 3 Open
The Life Aquatic
EEEB S1115D 3 points.

Water covers the majority of the earth’s surface but what of the life in these waters? Rivers, wetlands, lakes, estuaries and oceans provide habitat for an extraordinary diversity of animals. This course explores the amazing array of aquatic animals that occupy both freshwater and marine ecosystems as well as the natural and human activities that impact their survival. No previous knowledge of science is assumed. Fulfills the science requirement for most Columbia and GS undergraduates. ​Field trip:  Date TBD. Students pay for public transportation.

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EEEB 1115 001/22352 Tu Th 9:00a - 12:10p
608 SCHERMERHORN HALL
Alicia Mihnovets 3 Open
An Introduction to Animal Behavior Through Fieldwork
EEEB S3015Q 3 points.

Using evolutionary principles as the unifying theme, we will survey the study of animal behavior, including the history, basic principles and research methods.   Fieldwork is a significant component of this course and through observations at the World Wildlife Conservation Park (Bronx Zoo) and in the urban environment of New York, students will gain familiarity with the scientific method, behavioral observation and research design. Although this is listed as a 3000-level course, no prior biology experience is required. Fulfills the science requirement for most Columbia and GS undergraduates. Field trip: TBD, most probably trip to zoo—during class time; students pay for public transportation

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Section/Call
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Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
EEEB 3015 001/25184 M W 1:00p - 4:10p
467 EXT SCHERMERHORN HALL
Shahrina Chowdhury 3 Open
Biodiversity
EEEB S1001Q 3 points.

An introduction to the enormous diversity of life on Earth. From bacteria to mammals, this course will survey species diversity, with an emphasis on ecological interactions and conservation. The course will also use basics of genetics and evolutionary biology to explore how diversity is generated and maintained. [No previous knowledge of science is assumed. Fulfills a science requirement for most Columbia and GS undergraduates.

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EEEB 1001 001/74605 Tu Th 1:00p - 4:10p
963 EXT SCHERMERHORN HALL
Leo Douglas 3 Limited Availability