Ecological History of the Adirondacks
Bill Pfitsch, Faculty-in-Residence
Associate Professor of Biology
Mountains are places where natural and human influences on the composition of ecological communities are particularly strong. This place-based course will focus on the natural and human history of the Adirondack forest landscape. We will study ecological concepts and historical literature and explore local ecological systems to relate what we find today to changes since the last glaciation, since European colonization, and to potential changes in the future. Students will apply mapping skills and forest and stream sampling techniques to investigate the consequences of historical resource and land use practices for existing ecological communities. Insights gained will inform in-depth consideration of critical conservation issues that will shape the Adirondack landscape in the future. No prerequisites, but students who have received credit for Introductory Biology may apply credit toward their Biology concentration or minor.
History of Exploration and Mountain Climbing in the United States
Maurice Isserman, Faculty-in-Residence
Publius Virgilius Rogers Professor of American History
We will examine how the history and culture of the United States is bound up with that of the discovery and exploration of the New World. There will be a focus on the meaning of that legacy for Americans from the 19th century on. Topics covered will include exploration and mountain climbing in the Adirondacks, military exploration and surveys of the west, the development of a wilderness and a conservation ethic, and modern mountaineering.
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