Ailene Kane Ettinger
Urban Ecology: Conducting and Communicating Science in the City
Student learning goals
Synthesize current issues in urban ecology by reading and discussing scientific articles.
Design and conduct relevant ecological field studies using observation, existing literature, and/or stakeholder involvement to identify relevant questions and research methods such as plot sampling and quantitative assessment of ecologically relevant biotic and abiotic conditions.
Analyze the role of science in policy and decision-making through theoretical readings and practical case studies.
Effectively communicate scientific ideas through writing to scientific and nonscientific audiences. Scientific writing requires justification of research, specific data/observations, and interpretation of data, in addition to grammar, logic and clarity. Communicating science to broader audiences requires capturing the excitement of scientific discovery and distilling complex ideas into clear statements with nonscientific language.
General method of instruction
Class assignments and grading