Sustaining Forests’ Ecosystems

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Mark Rickenbach
Introduction to Forestry
Lecture 1, 2:30–4:30 T
General Chemistry I
Lecture 5, 8:50–9:40 MWF; Discussion 386, 9:55–10:45 TR; Lab 686, 2:25–5:25 R
Living in the Global Environment: An Introduction to People-Environment Geography
Lecture 1, 2:25–3:15 MW; Discussion 301, 3:30–4:20 M

Forestry is an obscure profession for many, but offers strong career opportunities in the public and private sectors, and a chance to make the environment. Students in this FIG will explore the relationship of humans to forest resources.

In Forest and Wildlife Ecology 100: “Introduction to Forestry,” we will learn about the roles of the forester in manipulating the forest environment to produce goods and services desired by contemporary society. We will study current issues in forest resource management and policy, with an emphasis on the relation to environmental quality and natural resources. The other courses in this FIG will fulfill common requirements for students interested in environmental science and will further our understanding of the challenges that come with our effort to sustain forest ecosystems.

Chemistry 103: “General Chemistry I” — Introduction to stoichiometry and the mole concept; the behavior of gases, liquids, and solids; thermochemistry; electronic structure of atoms and chemical bonding; descriptive chemistry of selected elements and compounds; and intermolecular forces.

Geography 139: “Living in the Global Environment: An Introduction to People-Environment Geography” — An exploration of the global and local nature of environmental problems facing us, including issues of climate change, food, energy, economic globalization, deforestation and land use change, biodiversity loss, resource scarcity and access, environmental justice, and population. Through group and individual work, this course considers how we should analyze and act on environmental problems as we confront the apparently daunting scale of such issues. The theme of this course is that what appear to be single global environmental problems are actually composed of many smaller context-specific and place-dependent problems or conflicts. Through an interdisciplinary and geographic perspective, these can be understood and addressed at the scale of our lived lives.