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Institute of Environmental Sustainability

New Courses

Spring 2014

ENVS 398: Special Topics - Introduction to Soils
Tues & Thurs, 1 - 2:15 p.m., LSC,
Instructor: Chaudhary
This course is an introduction to the properties, functions, and conservation of soil. Topics include belowground ecosystem services, soil biodiversity, soil biogeochemical cycles, human impacts to soils, soil conservation methods, and the socioeconomic implications of soil degradation in natural, agricultural, restoration, and industrial settings. The course is comprised of lectures, laboratory and field soil testing, field trips, and visits from local experts who employ novel solutions to modern challenges in the management of sustainable soils.

Prerequisites: ENVS137/UCSF137 for students admitted to LUC Fall 2012 or later. No requirement for students admitted to LUC prior to Fall 2012 or those with a declared major or minor in Anthro, Biology, Chemistry, EnvSci, Physics, Bioinformatics, Forensic Science or Neuroscience.

ENVS 398: Special Topics - Bird Conservation and Ecology
Tues 7:00-8:15 p.m., LSC with four weekends out at LUREC in the spring, Instructor: Mitten
Bird Conservation and Ecology: an applied introduction to the theory and practice of avian conservation and ecology.  Major Topics Covered: Species’ population trends, Species of concern, Significant threats to the health of bird populations, Habitat requirements on breeding, winter and migratory routes, Current conservation actions and additional actions needed, Improving habitats; landscape designs, Other concrete, real-world solutions. Bird monitoring Citizen Science conservation networks such as eBird and Bird Conservation Network.

Outcome: Students will become skilled in critical reasoning and some bird monitoring techniques, and demonstrate an understanding of the many facets of bird conservation. Includes participation in a community service project that gathers critical data necessary for avian conservation and management by using a set of standardized methods for monitoring and studying the birds of the Chicago Wilderness region, particularly of Marengo Ridge Conservation Area and LUREC for use by the BCN.  Satisfies Engaged Learning credit.

This course meets one hour a week at Lake Shore campus with four weekends (March 22, March 29, April 12, April 26 out at the Loyola University Retreat and Ecology Campus. Transportation to and from LSC will be provided.

ENVS 398: Special Topics - Conservation and Sustainability of Neotropical Ecosystems
Tues 10:00- 11:00 a.m., LSC with ten day spring break trip to Belize, Instructor: Mitten
This course provides a comprehensive introduction to conservation ecology as it is applied in a variety of Neotropical ecosystems by way of classroom lectures prior to trip and experiential learning activities in Belize.   Student will be first introduced to the ecology of the major Neotropical terrestrial and aquatic (both fresh and marine) ecosystems, learn about the key environmental threats to these ecosystems , will review the conservation status of the biodiversity within each of these ecosystem, and then examine the principles of conservation management that are applied to their protection and sustainability. Student will also be provided with some practical experience with basic environmental monitoring and biological survey methods.  Ecosystems studied include coral reefs, mangroves, littoral forests, gallery forests, subtropical rain and dry forests, savannas, rivers, lagoons and wetlands.  Satisfies Engaged Learning credit.

Students must enroll through the Office of International Studies Study Abroad website. http://www.luc.edu/studyabroad/belize/#d.en.78436


Institute of Environmental Sustainability
Loyola University Chicago · 1032 W. Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60660 · Phone: 773-508-2130 · IES@luc.edu

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