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Donna Leonetti
BIO A 387
Seattle Campus

Ecological Perspectives on Environmental Stress, Adaptation, and Health

How human populations respond to environmental stressors in biological-behavioral terms and the relationship of this adaptational process to health. Nutritional, climatic, and sociocultural stress and associated patterns of birth, disease, and death throughout human history in hunting, gathering, farming, pre-industrial, and industrial societies. Prerequisite: BIO A 201.

Class description

Students will receive a survey of demographic measurements reflecting health in populations and the ecological basis for health which encompasses 1) material resources of energy and nutrients for growth, development and maintenance, 2) the social networks through which these resources flow and are directed--from parental-offspring relations to those of the wider society, 3) the hormonal pathways associated with the stress of social relationships and their impact on health, and 4) the relationships between human and pathogen populations.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Lecture-discussion, films

Recommended preparation

Background in biology or health sciences, or advanced standing as undergraduate.

Class assignments and grading

Reading assignments from selected readings(on Catalyst). Written discussion of reading assignments due four times (2 pages). Term poster project on student-selected health topic as approached from an ecological perspective.

Grade: 20% attendance, 20% papers, 20% poster, 40% exams.


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 Donna Leonetti
Date: 01/02/2013