NEW Spring 2024 - Biodiversity of the Southeastern U.S.
Biodiversity is critical for a multitude of reasons: to maintain clean water, protect reliable and healthy food sources, stabilize global climate and environmental resilience, and facilitate mental health for current and future generations. This course will explore topics and questions that include: what is biodiversity, how do we measure it, why are some areas more biodiverse than others, and why does it matter to preserve biodiversity? The course will combine discussions AND hand-on experience with biodiversity through a series of field trips. Three (weekend) field trips will include visits to major ecological regions of the southeastern U.S. as represented in North Carolina – the Coastal Plain, Piedmont, and Appalachian Mountains. Two of the field trips (Piedmont, Mountains) will be day-trips, complemented by an overnight trip to the Coast where the class will stay at Duke’s Marine Lab in Beaufort NC. The remaining 6-7 class sessions will meet on campus for discussions.