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Semester Programs


Fall 2017

Ecological History of the Adirondacks

Bill Pfitsch, Faculty-in-Residence
Associate Professor of Biology
315-859-4717
wpfitsch@hamilton.edu

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.

Fall 2018

History of Exploration and Mountain Climbing in the United States

Maurice Isserman, Faculty-in-Residence
Publius Virgilius Rogers Professor of American History
315-859-4414
misserma@hamilton.edu

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.

Fall 2019

Stay tuned... information coming soon!

Contact Information


Dr. Janelle A. Schwartz

General Director

A Complex Interaction


Students in Hamilton's Adirondack Program immerse themselves in the region's natural beauty and human communities as they learn the complexity of balancing the protection of natural resources with the needs and desires of residents and visitors.

David Winchell—

DEC Ray Brook

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