I teach a number of different courses that vary in audience that span a wide range of topics and sub-disciplines in geography and environmental studies. Courses range in size and format (laboratories, field-based, lectures, online). Aside from courses at the University of Colorado, I also teach in the Department of Geography and serve as faculty for the Masters of Arts in Community Development Policy & Practice (MACDPP) at the University of New Hampshire.
ENVS 4800, Human-Environment Interactions in Sub-Saharan Africa
Many of the important issues facing Africans today are the consequences of human modifications of the physical landscape. These consequences can be intended and unintended, positive and negative, and both long and short-term. This course investigates the inter-relationship between humans and their natural or physical environments in Sub-Saharan Africa, a place of extraordinarily diverse, vibrant, and dynamic human cultures and environments. Topics to be considered include human subsistence strategies, natural resource use, and human impact upon vegetation, soil, water, landforms, and climate. Students will explore these topics through governance, risk perception, demography, resilience, and the concept of sustainability. This course is discussion-based class and is intended for upper-level undergraduates. Throughout the course, students will examine case studies and interact with scientists and practitioners in order to bring these issues “to life.” While welcomed, no course work on Sub-Saharan Africa is required prior to taking this course. We will look at dynamic issues facing contemporary African societies and the challenges that the people and nations of this vast continent are working to resolve
ENVS 3100, GEOG 796/GSS 896, Crowdsource Mapping
Introduction to crowdsourcing, and its application for collecting geographic information, visualizing spatial data, building responses and decision support for disaster relief. The course will incorporate concepts from geography, history, anthropology, sociology, planning, information science, and disaster management. Students will learn about the ongoing process of data acquisition and problem conceptualization. This course is open to upper level undergraduate students and also graduate students of all majors and disciplines, and no GIS or computer programming experience is necessary. This course will be taught exclusively online, with no scheduled classroom or online appearances, and taught weeks 1-6 during the spring semester.
More information here: http://crowdsourcemapping.weebly.com
ENVS 5100, Sustainable Landscapes, Sustainable Livelihoods
Managing working landscapes is one most important land use, conservation, and livelihoods issues of our time. “Working landscapes” is a broad term that expresses the goal of fostering landscapes where production of market goods and ecosystem services is mutually reinforcing. It means working with people as partners to create landscapes and ecosystems that benefit humanity and the planet. People in these places must sustain their livelihoods, interact with biodiversity, and adapt to social, political, environmental shocks and change. Students will explore these transitioning working landscapes in different contexts of rural America and the developing world. Together we will uncover the driving forces behind change, the manifestations of that change in human-environment relationships, and the outlook for the future in maintaining landscape processes and function, and also human well being.
DPP 952, Balancing Resource Management, Land Use, and Development
This course, which is co-taught with Charlie French, is part of the Masters of Arts in Development Policy & Practice program at UNH (www.unh.edu/madpp). We will explore the interrelationship between separate landscape components and how they contribute to a functional landscape that can sustain livelihoods. Students should understand the multi-temporal and multi-scalar impacts of their management strategies. They need to be aware of and understand the balance between short-term vs. long-term sustainability and intended vs. unintended consequences. In addition, they will learn to engage and communicate results to various types of stakeholders.