This course, offered as part of the Davidson-in-India program, is an introduction to and comparative analysis of a variety of ecosystems in south India. Topics include tropical ecosystems' structure and dynamics, past and present human interaction with the landscape, adaptations of flora and fauna, and natural history, life history and human interactions and influences. The course is taught in the field by travelling from ecological site to ecological site. The course will conclude with a two-week residency at the Visthar organization outside Bangalore, during which students will consider and explore the ethical and political dimensions of the process of environmental change in south India.
Satisfies a major requirement in Environmental Studies.
Satisfies an interdisciplinary minor requirement in Environmental Studies.
Students entering 2012 and after: satisfies Liberal Studies distribution requirement.
Students entering before 2012: satisfies natural science without a lab distribution requirement