Global Change - The Science of Sustainability


Week Date Day Topic Instructor
1 31-Aug Mon Introduction and Goals, Canvas Setup  Kling/Badgley
  2-Sep Wed The Anthropocene:  A Transformed Earth Badgley
  4-Sep Fri The Big Bang and Fundamental Laws Kling
Lab-Disc Week 1   "Challenges We Face" -  Discussion and Intro to Term Presentations  
2 7-Sep Mon    Labor Day - no class, no labs this week Kling
  9-Sep Wed The Age and Evolution of the Earth Kling
  11-Sep Fri Planetary Energy Balance Kling
Lab - Disc Week 2   NO LAB (Labor Day week)  
3 14-Sep Mon Plate Tectonics Kling
  16-Sep Wed Earth's Climate in Deep Time Kling
  18-Sep Fri Gaia - Does Life Regulate Earth's Atmosphere? Kling
Lab Week 3   Earth's Energy Balance Model  
4 21-Sep Mon Greenhouse Gases and Climate Kling
  23-Sep Wed Aerosols, Radiative Forcing, and Climate Kling
  25-Sep Fri The Fossil Record of Lineages and Ecosystems Badgley
Lab Week 4   Introduction to Stella - Daisy World  
5 28-Sep Mon Processes of Evolution:  Natural Selection Badgley
  30-Sep Wed Processes of Evolution:  Speciation Badgley
2-Oct Fri Evidence for Evolution in Today's World Badgley
Lab Week 5   Natural Selection - The Case of the Peppered Moth  
6 5-Oct Mon HOURLY EXAM #1 (material through 2 Oct) Kling/Badgley
7-Oct Wed
The Science of Sustainability
  9-Oct Fri Critical Thinking in the Age of Fake News Kling
Lab Week 6   Ecological Footprint Activity and Assignment  
7 12-Oct Mon Ecosystems Kling
  14-Oct Wed Microbes: Transformers of Matter and Materials Kling
  16-Oct Fri The Flow of Energy from Primary Production to Higher Trophic Levels Kling
Lab-home Week 7   Science and the Media -- Fake News Exposed  
8 19-Oct Mon Ecological Communities: Networks of Interacting Species Badgley
  21-Oct Wed Trophic Links: Predation and Parasitism Badgley
  23-Oct Fri Competition for Resources Badgley
Lab   Week 8   Group Project Work  
9 26-Oct Mon Climate Change and the Ice Ages Kling
  28-Oct Wed The Blue Planet: El Nino, the Ocean Conveyor Belt, and Climate Change Kling
  30-Oct Fri Climate Models and Predictions for the Future Kling
Lab Week 9   Ice Ages -- Analysis of Vostok Ice Core Data  
10 2-Nov Mon Sustainability and the Global Carbon Cycle Kling
  4-Nov Wed Climate Change in the Great Lakes Region Kling
  6-Nov Fri HOURLY EXAM #2 (material through 4 Nov) Badgley/Kling
Lab Week 10   The Global Carbon Cycle  
11 9-Nov Mon Pollutants, Acid Rain, and Sustainability Kling
  11-Nov Wed The Tropical Rainforest Kling
  13-Nov Fri The Impacts of Climate Change on the Water Cycle Kling
Lab Week 11   Group Project Work  
12 16-Nov Mon Sea Level Rise and Dangerous Climate Kling
  18-Nov Wed Using Science to Solve Problems: The Case of the Killer Lakes of Cameroon Kling
  20-Nov Fri The Value of Nature's Services Badgley 
Lab Week 12   Climate and Atmosphere - Long-term Climate Regulation  
13 23-Nov Mon    Thanksgiving Break (No Class from 23-27 Nov), No labs this week  
  25-Nov Wed    Thanksgiving Break (No Class from 23-27 Nov), No labs this week
  27-Nov Fri    Thanksgiving Break (No Class from 23-27 Nov), No labs this week
Lab Week 13   Thanksgiving break, No Labs Meet  
14 30-Nov Mon Diversity over Space and Time Badgley
  2-Dec Wed Human Ecology Badgley
  4-Dec Fri The Ecological Footprint of Food and Agriculture Badgley
Lab Week 14   Student Presentations of Final Projects  
15 7-Dec Mon Course Summary and Review Kling/Badgley
8-Dec Tue All Classes End  
  TBD Review for Final Exam Kling/Badgley
  10-11 Dec Th-Fr FINAL EXAM Take-home starts 12 noon Thursday, Due 12 noon Friday  
Last updated:
August 2020