|EFB 226 General
Botany (4 credit hours). Three hours of lecture and three hour
laboratory. An introduction to plant biology with special emphasis
on the structure and function of the green plant. (Fall)
EFB 496 Disturbance Ecology (3 credit
hours). Disturbance ecology focuses on the role of natural and
anthropogenic disturbance on the dynamics of Adirondack ecosystems.
Drawing on theories of ecological succession and forest gap
dynamics, we look at how communities respond to and recover from
disturbance. This field course is taught at the Cranberry Lake
Biological Station, and includes a survey of vegetation sampling
methods, analysis of ecological data and an independent research
446 Ecology of Mosses (3 credit hours). Two hour lecture and one
three hour laboratory or field trip. A study of taxonomic diversity,
ecological adaptations and the roles of bryophytes in ecosystems.
EFB 496/796 Land and Culture: Native
American Perspectives on the Environment (3 credit hours). This
integrative course examines the management of natural resources and
environmental problem- solving from a Native American perspective.
The goal of the course is to provide students with a basis for
comparing Native and Western cultural patterns of natural resource
utilization. Natural resource use on Native lands is considered in a
cultural and historical context. The course will first introduce
students to fundamental ideas concerning Native American history,
religions, political organization and traditional economies. Tribal
sovereignty, as well as Federal Indian Law are described as the
framework in which tribes make decisions about environmental issues.
The contrasting perspectives of indigenous environmental knowledge
and western scientific knowledge are examined. Case studies are used
to analyze Native resource management strategies, within the context
of the larger American society. Case studies will include Ojibwa
fishing rights controversy, Menominee forest management philosophy
and practice, ecological restoration initiatives, environmental
toxins in traditional subsistence patterns, energy development on
Native lands and others. The course is designed to introduce
students to the unique cultural context of natural resource
management on Indian lands and provides an opportunity for students
to integrate in-depth scientific knowledge, resource management
policy and cross cultural perspectives. Experimental,
interdisciplinary, or special coursework in biology for
undergraduate students. Subject matter and methods of presentation
varies from semester to semester.
EFB 496 Field Ethnobotany (1 credit hour). Seminar discussions on subjects of interest and importance in environmental and forest biology. Seminar offerings are available in most subdisciplinary areas. This class is taught during the summer at Cranberry Lake Biological Station.
EFB 497/797 Traditional Ecological Knowledge (1 credit hour).