Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology
Undergraduate and Graduate Seminar
Urban Ecology and Design will explore and evaluate the ecological potential of the designed urban environment. Students will work in interdisciplinary groups to study and evaluate the relationships between urban design and ecological performance through a series of case studies, field explorations, and studio visits. New York City will be used as a test site for analysis and students will work together to evaluate urban systems with regards to vegetation, wildlife, sediment management, water, energy, and pollution using techniques of visual mapping and the application of quantitative scientific criteria over multiple scales. The course offers a deeper understanding of the relationships that drive urban ecosystems, a critical evaluation of commonly used urban design techniques, and insights into how to better design functional ecosystems within the urban context.
Prerequisites: One year of introductory biology or permission from the instructor.
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