FREC 3004: Environmental Informatics

Undergraduate level

Applications of the analysis and modeling of large environmental datasets at multiple spatial-temporal scales to study environmental issues of societal importance. Acquisition, analysis, visualization, and storage of environmental data. Ethics and methods of data curation, quality control, and sharing. Sophomore standing required. Foundational knowledge in quantitative and computational thinking expected.

Taught: Spring 2019

FREC 3604: Climate Science

Undergraduate Level

Physical and biological principles that govern Earth’s climate with applications to natural resource management. Emphasis on understanding how and why climate has changed in past and is predicted to change in the future. Applies concepts of system dynamics to the analysis of the climate system. Current and future effects of climate on ecosystem function and the associated provision of natural resources.

Taught: Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2017, Spring 2018

BIOL/FREC 5034:  Ecosystem Dynamics

Graduate Level.

Co-taught with Dr. Jeb Barrett in the Department of Biological Sciences

Application of a systems perspective to functional characteristics of ecosystems. Laboratory: computer simulation of ecosystem dynamics.

Taught: Fall 2015, Fall 2017

FREC 5204: Ecosystems and Climate

Graduate Level

Interactions between climate dynamics and ecosystem structure and function. Topics in surface energy balance, hydrology, carbon cycling, nitrogen cycling, ecology, climate dynamics, micrometeorology, and modeling ecosystem – climate feedbacks.

Taught: Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Fall 2016, will be taught Fall 2018