EC.714 D-Lab: Biodiversity
D-Lab: Biodiversity is a hands-on, multi-disciplinary exploration of the dynamic nexus between global biodiversity and human well-being. This course, comprised of lectures, guest speakers, experiential activities and projects, covers topics such as reforestation, nutrient cycles, poaching, complexity, climate change, fair trade, ecotourism and governance. It provides opportunities to develop and practice skills in cross-cultural engagement, negotiation, ecological measurement, permaculture and sustainable technology design. Students work remotely with community partners on projects, jointly identifying community concerns and co-designing potential solutions. Opportunities for summer travel to partner communities offered.
Jessica Huang, Ariel Phillips, Eric Reynolds
||Spring (Offered since 2012)
|Units (credit hours)
|2012|| Agroforestry Plan for Shade-grown Coffee||Creating a multi-story agroforest in Sabana Grande, Nicaragua with intercropping mahogany, firewood trees, lemongrass, coffee plants|
|Addressing Grassland Desertification||Permaculture and project analysis workshops to address desertification in Ganzi, Sichuan, and facilitate environmental planning|
|Diversification of Guayusa Production||Product diversification for guayusa farmers in the Ecuadorian Amazon to earn additional income, while assessing impact on biodiversity|