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LIFE SCIENCE

Ecology: Ecosystem Dynamics and Conservation

Ecology and Conservation Biology

two adult elephants and one baby elephant wading in water

How do scientists study ecosystems and grapple with real-world conservation questions?

Learn about ecology and ecosystem dynamics using a systems thinking lens. Authored by world-class experts at the cutting edge of conservation biology, this six-week online course examines how scientists study various ecosystems around the world—from Mozambique's Gorongosa National Park, to the Hudson River in New York, to Caribbean coral reefs. Learners will investigate the complex array of factors that inform management efforts, and grapple with real-world conservation questions, such as whether an ecosystem can recover from disruption and what role humans can, and should, play in that recovery.

This course begins Mar 19.

Spring 2 Session

Mar 19 - Apr 29, 2018
Registration deadline: Mar 5
Register by Feb 19 to save $50.

COURSE COST

$549 per course

GRAD CREDIT

This course is approved for graduate credit from these institutions at an additional cost. Select an institution below for full details on cost, enrollment and more:

Learn about ecology and ecosystem dynamics using a systems thinking lens. Authored by world-class experts at the cutting edge of conservation biology, this six-week online course examines how scientists study various ecosystems around the world—from Mozambique's Gorongosa National Park, to the Hudson River in New York, to Caribbean coral reefs. Learners will investigate the complex array of factors that inform management efforts, and grapple with real-world conservation questions, such as whether an ecosystem can recover from disruption and what role humans can, and should, play in that recovery.

Course Format

This online course is asynchronous, giving you the flexibility to complete weekly activities at your own pace. Essays, written by our authoring scientists, are supplemented by case studies, textbook readings, videos, interactive simulations, image galleries, and more. These resources provide the foundation for assignments as well as online discussions where you will exchange questions and ideas with course faculty and other learners. The course culminates in a final project, which is your opportunity to create activities that you can use with your students.

adults and children stand on a short pier and watch a park ranger collect a water sample from a wetland

Connecting to Your Classroom

This course includes a variety of resources that can be adapted for use in your classroom. Participants frequently use course activities as a central component of their final project. For example, in this course, written by conservation biologists, a multimedia case study provides an in-depth exploration of the biodiversity and ecosystem dynamics of Mozambique’s Gorongosa National Park. Additional course resources include a data-driven investigation of an invasive species in the Hudson River, and an online interactive about conservation management of marine ecosystems in the Bahamas.

Recent Course Faculty

This course is co-taught by an experienced classroom teacher and a working scientist. With low faculty to student ratios, this powerful combination of scientific expertise and classroom application creates opportunities for discussions about the course content and how it can be taught.

This course begins Mar 19.

Spring 2 Session

Mar 19 - Apr 29, 2018
Registration deadline: Mar 5
Register by Feb 19 to save $50.

COURSE COST

$549 per course

GRAD CREDIT

This course is approved for graduate credit from these institutions at an additional cost. Select an institution below for full details on cost, enrollment and more: