█ ENVIRONMENTAL PHYSIOLOGY Steve Ressel Course limit: 15 The manner in which animals survive in extreme environments or function at levels that far exceed human capacities has always fascinated us. In this course, we examine how an animal’s physiology fashions its functional capacities under various environmental conditions. We explore the interrelationships between physiology, behavior, and ecology using an integrated and evolutionary approach to understand regulatory responses in changing environments. Major areas to be covered include thermoregulation, behavioral energetics, and osmoregulation. Emphasis is placed on vertebrate systems to elucidate general patterns in physiological attributes. This course has two lecture/discussion sessions per week and students are evaluated on participation, a series of take home exams, and a presentation. Prerequisites: Biology i and ii, or equivalent.
█ ETHNOBOTANY Nishi Rajakaruna Course limit: 15 Cost: $30 From the dawn of human history, plants have played an integral role in human societies across the world. The course is aimed at generating an appreciation for the myriad uses of plants by human societies, both past and present. We explore the use of plants as food and beverages, raw materials, fuel, medicine and psychoactive drugs, spices and perfumes, genetic resources, and for religious and spiritual needs. The future ecological, economic, and social implications of our dependency on plants also are discussed in light of current threats to plants and their native habitats, including threats to plant/human relations in traditional societies. The important roles played by human societies in maintaining floristic and associated cultural diversity is a primary focus of readings and discussions. Evaluations are based on participation, involvement in discussions, and a term project involving a presentation. Prerequisites: signature of instructor or Edible Botany.
█ EVOLUTION Chris Petersen Course limit: 20 This course provides students with the opportunity to put their knowledge of ecology and diversity into an evolutionary framework. The emphasis is on how populations of organisms are currently evolving, with a focus on the ecological context of natural selection. Topics in the course include the
genetic basis of evolutionary change, selection and adaptation, reproductive effort, co-evolution, the ecology and evolution of sex, behavioral ecology, speciation, and applied evolutionary ecology. In addition to a textbook, students read several original research articles. The course has two lectures and one discussion section per week. Evaluations are based on exams and short essay sets. Prerequisites: Biology i and ii or equivalent. Offered every other year.
█ FISHERIES & THEIR MANAGEMENT Sean Todd Course limit: 12 Cost: $60 Humans have exploited the biotic resources of the ocean for thousands of years. Although early harvesting probably had minimal ecological and population impact, increased exploitation due to increasing market demand and technological advances have placed significant stress on many of the world's "fisheries". Exploited species that have thus far avoided becoming commercially or biologically extinct, are, in many cases, threatened by collapse due to over fishing. This course examines the exploitation of biotic resources in oceans, including invertebrates, fish, and marine mammal populations. It also examines the fishing techniques, fisheries technology, and management of fisheries, and critiques and reviews the development of the mathematical modeling on which management is based. Class is conducted in a seminar-style, with students involved in the discussion and critique of readings, and researching and presenting various case histories. Students are evaluated on participation, presentations, and term projects. Prerequisites: signature of the instructor, by demonstration of competence in QR and ES disciplines.
& GREENHOUSES: THEORY/ █ GARDENS PRACTICE OF ORGANIC GARDENING Suzanne Morse Course limit: 15 Cost: $25 This class offers a good foundation of knowledge for a gardener to begin the process of organic gardening, as well as an understanding of what defines organic gardening. The information presented focuses on soil fertility and stewardship, the ecology of garden plants, soil and insects, and practical management of the above. The garden is presented as a system of dynamic interactions. Emphasis is given to vegetable crops and soil fertility. Laboratories include soil analysis, tree pruning, seedling establishment, weed and insect identification, garden design, covercropping, composting, and reclamation of comfrey infested area.
This is the College of the Atlantic Guidebook prospectus for 2014