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Seminar on “New York City: The Urban Ecosystem” Planned for Fall 2016

March 29, 2016
The Department of Natural Sciences will offer a special seminar entitled New York City: The Urban Ecosystem in Fall 2016. It will be open to incoming MMC freshmen as part of the New York City Seminars program.

New York City: The Urban Ecosystem

As the most populous city in the United States, New York is a complex urban ecosystem. In this seminar, students will learn about various aspects of science and technology using NYC as a case study. Through field trips, lectures, and readings, students will explore the ecology and geology of the urban landscape, as well as the particular environmental challenges faced by NYC. Our class will unfold in various urban green spaces, including the lawns and woods of Central Park, the gardens that dot our neighborhoods, and local waterways large and small. Field trips will include visits to the American Museum of Natural History and the New York Botanical Garden, as well as local recycling centers, green buildings, and brownfield sites. Students will carry out research projects on topics in urban ecology, environmental sustainability, and green technology, with the goal of understanding the relationship of our great city to its natural environment.

This NYC seminar will be taught by Prof. Alessandra Leri in Fall 2016.