Jeffrey D Parsons
An introduction to the geology, ecology, and politics of Puget Sound beaches. Content focuses on beach formation and sediment dynamics, with application to nearshore ecology and shoreline management. Three filed trips to local beaches complement topics discussed in class.
Students will discover the processes that give rise to the shape, appearance and life associated with Puget Sound beaches. We'll also explore the way that people interact with these processes and how that affects their activities there.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Most of the learning will be facilitated by small group discussions of weekly readings and field trips. Additional material will be supplemented by lectures led by the professor where needed.
A willingness to learn and an appreciation for the outdoors.
Class assignments and grading
There will be weekly readings, which will be summarized first by the student, then discussed in small groups, followed by a post-discussion lecture by the professor.
A mix of quizes, weekly homework, and a group project