Urban Ecology (ECOL 3770S)

Urban Ecology: A Service-Learning Course

Course Overview:

The world is becoming more and more urbanized; over 80% of the US population and 50% of the world’s population living in cities. This course will use a socio-ecological framework to study how urbanization influences biodiversity, ecosystem function, and the provisioning of ecosystem services to human populations. We will study the effects of urbanization among regions with variable climate, time since human settlement, and socio-economic conditions. Key topics we will consider include biodiversity and the management of plant and animal populations, biogeochemical cycling and ecosystem metabolism, and human population growth, development trajectories, and environmental justice. Students will be responsible for mastering both biophysical and social science concepts in this course. We will consider global, regional, and local urban issues, using lectures, activities using primary scientific literature, and through student oral and written reports.

The course includes a service-learning project during the semester that either employs skills or knowledge learned in the course or teaches new skills or knowledge related to course objectives. Student engagement in the service-learning component will be up to 25% of overall instruction time.

Content-based Learning Objectives

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Skills-based Learning Objectives

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UGA students who are enrolled in ECOL 3770S should visit the eLearningCommons to access course information. 

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Spring 2018: The Watershed Learning Network

During spring semester of 2018, Dr. Capps partnered with the creators of the Atlanta Watershed Learning Network to develop the online educational materials of the Watershed Learning Network as the service project for this class! Please visit the website and/or watch the video to learn more.

Spring 2019: Microplastics in the Altamaha River Network

This semester’s service project was impacted by changes in instruction due to the COVID-19 outbreak. However, several amazing teams of students produced material that has been integrated into a report for the state of Georgia that is focused on the sources and potential environmental impacts of microplastic pollution on ecosystems.