Robert Joseph Turner
Unique course offerings designed to respond to faculty and student interests. Possible topics may include economic and environmental issues, air pollution, water quality, ecological restoration, global warming, or conservation biology.
The subtitle of this offering of BES 397 is Natural Hazards and Human Disasters. In this course we will be learning about the factors that control the genesis, distribution, frequency, and magnitude of geological, hydrological, and meteorological hazards. We will also investigate the factors that cause (or do not cause) these natural hazards to prompt human disasters. What do we do to change our vulnerability to these extreme events?
Student learning goals
Characterize the earth processes driving the genesis, geographic distribution, frequency, and magnitude of volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, hurricanes, tsunamis, and floods
Characterize and predict the impacts of natural hazards on natural and human systems
Evaluate the influence of culture and socioeconomics on a society’s vulnerability and response to natural hazards
Discuss the ramifications for coastal populations associated with projected trends in estuarine degradation
Demonstrate facility in collaborating with a partners in group work
Articulate how they have improved in their ability to conduct research, write abstracts, format a bibliography, and design a research poster
General method of instruction
Primarily interactive lectures and group discussions. A few field trips.
No prerequisites, though an interest in natural science will help.
Class assignments and grading
Weekly online quizzes and/or discussions. There will be periodic homework assignments, a midterm exam, and a term-long research project resulting in a research poster presentation.