Full course description

Course Date:

Started on Oct 2, 2017

Duration:

Ongoing

Commitment:

3 hrs/week

Requirement:

None

Course Type:

Self-paced

Credential:

None

Description

This course is part of the Introduction to Environmental Science open course series.


Life on Earth: Biomes, Climates, Ecology, and Evolution is part of the Introduction to Environmental Science open course series. This course explores the vast diversity of life on Earth. We examine the evolution of life from simple single-celled microbes to the complex ecosystems that we find on Earth today. We learn how populations and communities function as ecosystems and why it is important to protect the biodiversity that is found in these complex living systems. Earth’s biomes and climates will be investigated to learn how organisms evolved to live in virtually every niche of our planet. We will also see how human activity can have very negative consequences for our planet’s health in terms of climate, ecosystems and life.

Objectives

Upon completion of this course students should be able to:

  • Define population ecology.
  • Calculate population density.
  • Summarize the role of predators in regulating populations.
  • Identify factors that affect population dynamics.
  • Identify sources of energy and nutrients and the differences between these two terms.
  • Relate trophic levels, food webs, energy flow, and nutrient cycling within an ecosystem.
  • Define a biome and an ecosystem and identify the various parts of these environments.
  • Characterize Earth's major biomes in terms of temperature, precipitation, location, and organisms that you would find in each.

Target Audience: Undergraduate students and those with an interest in understanding the environment and climates of Earth a bit more.


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Course is offered by The Ohio State University Global One Health Initiative.

Course Instructors

Brian Lower

Brian Lower

Lead Instructor

Brian Lower has been a professor at The Ohio State University since 2008. Read More.

He earned a B.S. degree in Zoology from Kent State University in 1995 and a Ph.D. degree in Biochemistry from Virginia Tech in 2001. His research interests are in biochemistry and microbiology and his work has been funded by the U.S. NSF and DOE.

Steven Lower

Steven Lower

Lead Instructor

Steven Lower has been a professor at The Ohio State University since 2003. Read More.

He earned a B.S. degree in Geological Sciences and Conservation from Kent State University in 1994, a M.S. degree in Geochemistry from KSU in 1996 and a Ph.D. degree in Geomicrobiology from Virginia Tech in 2001. His research interests are in microbiology and geochemistry and his work has been funded by the U.S. NSF, NIH and DOE.

Kylienne Shaul

Kylienne Shaul

Instructor

Kylienne is an instructor and instructional designer in the School of Environment and Natural Resources at The Ohio State University. Read More.

After receiving her M.S. in Environment and Natural Resources from The Ohio State University in 2014, Kylienne became involved in online curriculum development. She currently works with Ohio State faculty and staff to teach and develop rigorous online courses on a number of environmental topics. In addition to her work in environmental education, Kylienne also volunteers as a citizen scientist with the local watershed group, Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed (FLOW).

Ella Weaver

Ella Weaver

Instructor

Ella serves as the teaching associate for the course in the School of Environment and Natural Resources at The Ohio State University and assists in the day to day maintenance of the course. Read More.

Ella graduated with a B.S. degree in Environmental Science from The Ohio State University in 2016.