Evolution of Life

The history of life on earth and mechanisms underlying evolution. Topics include the history of thought about evolution, Darwin and "Darwinism", applications of evolutionary ideas in agriculture and medicine, mis-applications such as in eugenics and racism, and the relationship between evolutionary biology and religion. Intended for non-majors. One course.

Plants of Duke Campus

Ecology, morphology, and identification of trees and shrubs; topics include plant anatomy and wood structure, reproduction, classification, evolution; outdoor class meetings focus on identification of native and cultivated species; intended for nonmajors. One course.

Ecosystem Health and Human Well-Being

Explores interactions between ecosystem health and human well-being in context of global change and human population growth. Effects of climate change on food supply, water availability, land degradation and human well-being; impact of species distribution, disease spread, and human health; ecosystem services and human well-being. Case studies used to illustrate the scientific process and to evaluate supporting evidence. For nonmajors. One course.