Environmental Biology

The courses below are offered through the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology.

For questions about specific courses, contact the department:

Departmental Offices: 10th floor, Schermerhorn Extension
212-854-9987

Web: www.columbia.edu/cu/e3b

Fall 2015

Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology

Advanced Graduate Classes

  • EEEB W1010x. Human Origins and Evolution. 3 pts. Lab fee: $25. Taught every fall.

    This is an introductory course in human evolution. Building on a foundation of evolutionary theory, students explore primate behavioral morphology and then trace the last 65 million years of primate evolution from the earliest Paleocene forms to the fossil remains of earliest humans and human relatives. Along with Behavioral Biology of the Living Primates this serves as a core required class for the EBHS program.Recitation Section Required.

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    Call Number/
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    Days & Times/
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    Instructor Enrollment
    Fall 2015 :: EEEB W1010 :: Credit Sections
    EEEB
    1010
    75530
    001
    MW 11:40a - 12:55p
    603 HAMILTON HALL
    J. Shapiro 54 [ More Info ]
  • EEEB W2001x. Environmental Biology I: Elements to Organisms. 3 pts.

    Introductory biology course for majors in biology or environmental biology, emphasizing the ecological and evolutionary context of modern biology.

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    Location
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    Fall 2015 :: EEEB W2001 :: Credit Sections
    EEEB
    2001
    11774
    001
    TuTh 1:10p - 2:25p
    517 HAMILTON HALL
    D. Rubenstein
    S. Naeem
    34 / 60 [ More Info ]
  • EEEB W3656x. Quantitative Methods in Biodiversity and Conservation. 3 pts. Enrollment limited to 12.

    Prerequisites: there are no prerequisites, but a basic understanding of the principles of conservation biology and some experience in the R programming environment and/or ArcGIS are recommended.

    This course will introduce students to a suite of quantitative approaches essential to managing our dwindling resources and will provide students with a toolbox of quantitative methods geared toward scientists and managers that are applicable within a wide range of systems. The course will cover the theory behind and practice of several key components of quantitative analysis in the field of conservation biology, including measuring biodiversity and abundance, population density analysis, detecting trends and extinctions from sighting data, population viability analysis, remote sensing, species distribution modeling, spatial conservation prioritization, conservation trade-offs and co-benefits on the landscape; corridors, and spatial network processes on the landscape.

  • EEEB W4111x. Ecosystem Ecology and Global Change. 3 pts.

    This course will provide an introduction to ecosystem ecology. Topics include primary production carbon storage, nutrient cycling, and ecosystem feedbacks to climate change. By the end of the course, students will be well versed in the basics of ecosystem ecology and have exposure to some current areas of research. Topics covered will include some aspects that are well established and others that are hotly debated among scientists. Throughout the course, students will be encouraged to think independently and act like research scientists. Discussion Section Required.

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    Fall 2015 :: EEEB W4111 :: Credit Sections
    EEEB
    4111
    22454
    001
    MW 10:10a - 11:25a
    424 PUPIN LABORATORIES
    D. Menge 18 [ More Info ]
  • EEEB W4112x. Ichthyology. 3 pts.

    Fish are an incredibly diverse group with upwards of 27,000 named species. They are important ecologically, represent one of the major vertebrate lineages and face numerous conservation threats. This course will provide students with the tools to understand how the evolution, systematics, anatomy, and diversity of fishes influence their conservation status.

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    Location
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    Fall 2015 :: EEEB W4112 :: Credit Sections
    EEEB
    4112
    13159
    001
    W 1:10p - 4:00p
    1015 EXT SCHERMERHORN HALL
    J. Drew 23 / 20 [ More Info ]
  • EEEB W4321. Human Identity. 4 pts.

    The course focuses on human identity, beginning with the individual and progressing to communal and global viewpoints using a framework of perspectives from biology, genetics, medicine, psychiatry, religion and the law.

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    Fall 2015 :: EEEB W4321 :: Credit Sections
    EEEB
    4321
    69898
    001
    W 2:10p - 4:00p
    309 HAMILTON HALL
    M. Pollack
    R. Pollack
    13 [ More Info ]
  • EEEB W4340x. Human Adaptation. 3 pts.

    Prerequisites: EEEB W1010 Human Species or ANTH V1007 Origins of Human Society or the instructor's permission.

    This course explores human adaptation from a biological, ecological and evolutionary perspective. From our earliest hominin ancestors in Africa to our own species' subsequent dispersal throughout the world, our lineage has encountered innumerable environmental pressures. Using morphological, physiological and behavioral/cultural evidence, we will examine the responses to these pressures that helped shape our unique lineage and allowed it to adapt to a diverse array of environments.

  • EEEB G6150x and y. Advances in Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology. 3 pts.

    Survey of recent advances in the ecological, evolutionary, and environmental sciences. Enrollment limited to 20.

    Spring 2015

    Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology

    Advanced Graduate Classes

  • EEEB W3087y. Conservation Biology. 3 pts.

    Prerequisites: introductory organismal biology course, ideally EEEB W2002.

    Applications of biological principles to the conservation of biodiverstiy. Because conservation biology is a cross-disciplinary field, some of the social, philosophical, and economic dimensions of biological conservation are also addressed.Recitation Section Required.

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    Call Number/
    Section
    Days & Times/
    Location
    Instructor Enrollment
    Spring 2015 :: EEEB W3087 :: Credit Sections
    EEEB
    3087
    62269
    001
    M 4:10p - 6:00p
    1015 EXT SCHERMERHORN HALL
    S. Spector 15 [ More Info ]
  • EEEB W3924y. Tropical Biology and Sustainability. 4-16 pts. Course consists of 6 separate modules, offered in rotation of four, each worth 4 points.

    Prerequisites: EEEB W2001 and EEEB W2002 Environmental Biology I and II, or the instructor's permission.

    The program will consist of four 4-credit courses. Courses will be taught sequentially in 3-week modules. Courses include Biology of African Animals and Ecosystems, Tropical Agriculture, Ecology and Conservation of African Landscapes, Water, Energy and Ecosystems, Ecology and Conservation of African Landscapes, Natural History of Africa Mammals and Sustainable Development in Practice.

  • EEEB W4192y. Introduction to Landscape Analysis. 3 pts.

    Prerequisites: SDEV W3390 or EESC W4050 or the instructor's permission.

    This class provides basic theory in landscape analysis and training in methods for analyzing landscapes, focusing on interpretation of satellite images. The class covers approaches and definitions in landscape analysis, data sources, land cover classification, change detection, accuracy assessment, projections of future land cover change, and techniques to interpret results of these analyses. Students will obtain hands-on experience working with data from a landscape related to his/her research or a landscape chosen by the instructors.Lab Required.

  • EEEB W4321. Human Identity. 4 pts.

    The course focuses on human identity, beginning with the individual and progressing to communal and global viewpoints using a framework of perspectives from biology, genetics, medicine, psychiatry, religion and the law.

    Course
    Number
    Call Number/
    Section
    Days & Times/
    Location
    Instructor Enrollment
    Spring 2015 :: EEEB W4321 :: Credit Sections
    EEEB
    4321
    21331
    001
    W 2:10p - 4:00p
    311 FAYERWEATHER
    M. Pollack
    R. Pollack
    19 [ More Info ]
  • EEEB G6150x and y. Advances in Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology. 3 pts.

    Survey of recent advances in the ecological, evolutionary, and environmental sciences. Enrollment limited to 20.

  • The University reserves the right to withdraw or modify the courses of instruction or to change the instructors as may become necessary.