* EEB 341 / ENV 341 Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit
Water, Savannas, and Society: Global Change and Sustainability in Africa's Hallmark Ecosystem
Sample reading list:
Hill and Hanan, Ecosystem Function in Savannas: Measurement and Modeling
Scholes and Walker, An African Savanna: Synthesis of the Nylsvley Study
Readings will consist of review and research articles from the primary literature, in addition to book chapters and reports from the development/NGO sectors (approximately 35-50 pages per class). Students will work to identify and quantify ecological, social, and economic tradeoffs in developing Africa's savannas, culminating in a final paper (~6000-8000 words). Other assignments include homework, in-class presentations, and a midterm exam.
Mid Term Exam - 30%
Paper in lieu of Final - 30%
Oral Presentation(s) - 30%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%
Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Assignments will entail some analytical work involving geographic information systems and statistics..
Classes will be conducted as a mix of lectures, guest lectures, discussion, and practical activity. A key coursework (and student evaluation) component will entail working in teams to identify and quantify ecological and economic tradeoffs in developing Africa's savannas. Students will be further evaluated on class preparedness and participation, formal presentations, a midterm exam, and a final paper related to the practical component of the coursework.
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