“An introduction to environmental challenges and opportunities which emphasizes that humans are part of ecosystems within interdependent cycles which involve other organisms, air, water, chemicals, and energy. The course examines the relationships of humans to their environment from historical, economic, scientific, aesthetic, and ethical perspectives. ”
Brief Description & What I learned
I took ENV 104 the fall semester of my freshman year with Professor Van Wie. This course went into some introductory detail about the environmental problems our planet faces. The course also went into some detail about how humans are are affecting the planet, and some solutions to reduce these problems. I was very excited to take this course my freshman year because I find environmental science to be extremely interesting. I remember reading from authors such as Aldo Leopold and Rachael Carson. I also learned how our environment is affected by people and about the various different biogeochemical cycles.
The attached link is a research paper that I wrote when I took this course my freshman year. The topic of the research paper was about how climate change is driving lobsters to move further and further north. We had the freedom to pick just about any topic that was environmentally related. Maine’s economy revolves largely around lobster, and I thought this would be an interesting topic to discuss. The paper goes into detail about some of the reasons why lobster are moving further north, and what is happening because of this.