Environmental Policy in the European Union

This course will use a spring break trip to Tenerife in the Canary Islands, to augument a semester-long exploration of environmental policy making in the European Union. On campus, we will use lectures, readings, discussions, and writing to explore the methods and tools sanctioned by the European Union for analysis of environment impacts by the member states. This course will also explore how the tools of environment impact analysis inform policy and decision making. 


Survival Skills for Finishing Doctoral Students

This course is aimed at preparing advanced doctoral students for successful and rewarding careers in ecology and environmental science. In this course, students will learn about academic and non-academic careers from readings and presentations from scientists in those positions. Students will identify important steps toward planning and launching their career-paths, and skills for being effective in these positions. Students will develop their own career plan, curriculum vitae, teaching and research plans, and critiques of professional web pages.  Finally, the course will expose students to resources and opportunities for applying and polishing skills beyond this course.  


Ecology of Global Drylands

This course will explore the controls on the geographic distribution, community and ecosystem structure, and the functioning of drylands globally. We will use lectures, writing, and student led discussions to investigate distributions, structure and functioning of drylands.