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Stanley D Rullman
ENVIR 220
Seattle Campus

Urban Ecology

Examines nature-society interactions in urban settings. Drivers, patterns, processes, impacts and consequences of urban and urbanizing ecosystems. Presents the state of our knowledge of urban ecology in its interdisciplinary format. Offered: W.

Class description

This team-lead course will focus on how human and natural systems function and how they are related to one another in an urban setting. This introductory course will move through topics such planning, environmental health, environmental justice, consumption, urban wildlife, landscape ecology, geology and hydrology. Emphasis will be on the Seattle-Puget Sound Region, to increase studentsí understanding of the human and natural systems of which they are a part. By the end of the quarter, students will be able to identify key concepts in each of the topic areas, discuss how the various topics relate to one another, and articulate specific issues these topics present in the Puget Sound Region.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

The class will be taught in a lecture and discussion format, supplemented with five field trips throughout the quarter (held on Friday afternoons from approximately 1:30 to 4:30, though some field trips may run longer in the afternoon). Field trips will be enhanced by interactive learning, such as field surveys and observations.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Grading will be based on in-class and field trip participation, weekly assignments, and final project.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Stanley D Rullman
Date: 11/14/2005