Introduction to Environmental Science - Spring 2004



    Unfortunately, they are not very orderly about actually putting the information on the page and they often direct you to a general "PR" page. Just keep checking, sooner or later, they realize it is snowing!!

    IF YOU MISSED one of the first three lectures, video stream versions can be accessed, below by a click! Depending on your system, it can take a few minutes to load - be PATIENT!

    • Audio Lecture 1 Introduction (Temp. NOT available)
    • Audio Lecture 2 - Our Big Blue Marble (available now)
    • Audio Lecture 3 - Ecological Concepts (Ecol vs Env. Sci.) (temp. NOT available - sounds suspiciously like recording was done in a tin can - sorry-time problems)

    Lecture 1: Introduction - Environmental Science is --- Jan. 20 (First class - Tues.)
    (Dr. Keating)(Temp. NOT available)

    Lecture 2: Our Big Blue Marble - the Global Ecosystem, Maps - (Temp. NOT available) Jan. 23 (Dr. Keating) [Read --- Review materials on web.

      Do the surfing assignment over the weekend!! It is meant to introduce you to the www.]

    Lecture 3: Ecological Concepts - Jan. 27 (Dr. Keating) [Read --- Review materials on web.]

      - G. E. Hutchinson, 1970. The Biosphere, Scientific American

    Lecture 4: Biogeochemistry I: The Structure of the Spheres - Jan. 30 (Dr. Keating) [Read --- Review materials on web.

      - Review: the Biogeochemical Cycle (CO2)

    Lecture 5: Biogeochemistry II: The Lithosphere - Feb. 3 (Dr. Keating) [Read --- Review materials on web.]

      - Reading Assignment - U.C. Berkeley At least follow the two main links (history and mechanisms).
      - FYI- the Lithosphere from the Geologist's point of view - with a series of terrific pictures from NASA. University of Nevada, Seismological Laboratory.

    Lecture 6: Biogeochemistry III: The Atmosphere - Feb. 6 (Dr. Keating) [Read --- Review materials on web.]

    • READ a bit about Torricelli and his times.
    • Audio Loop - The Origins of Life

    Lecture 7: Biogeochemistry IV: The Hydrosphere - Feb. 10 (Dr. Keating) [Read --- Review materials on web.]

      - Reading Assignment - Stressed Waters (compliments of Coca Cola !!)

    Lecture 8: Biogeochemistry V: The Biosphere (Taxonomy and Evolution) - Feb. 13 (Dr. Keating)[Read --- Review materials on web.]

      - Reading Assignment - U.C. Berkeley
        Read the entry page (Actually, the site opens on a page called "Phylogeny" at the top of which is the entry page link for phylogenetics. It is called the "Phylogeny of Life". You can follow the link to "Phylogeny of life from the diagram at the top of the page.

        Then follow the links (red words) to -Viruses, -DNA, virus, -Bacteria, -Archaea, and - Eukaryota (last). After you read the Eukaryota page follow the link to -Protists. From there follow the links (use the diagram)to the three main branches of Eukaryotes - Plants (Plantae), Animals(Animalia), and Fungi (these could be accessed via the same page as "Protists", but this is the BETTER route because it leads you through a diagram that shows some of the stray pieces of the phylogenetic tree that are not comfortably included in these three main branches.) If you are worried about what to memorize", consider that you will be prepared for hourly questions if you know what those red (highlighted because they are links) words mean.

      - Reading Assignment - A Digital Tree of Life
        Please wander through some of this incredible project's pages. Start at the Introduction button. Your assignment is to work to understand how the site is set up. I do not expect you to memorize any of the information it carries (you will remember some of it just because it is intriguing).

      - Reading Assignment - The Three Kingdoms (Prokaryottes, Eukaryotes,Archae)Univ.Wis.,Madison.

        Consider this a required reading assignment. It is written to introduce a course in bacteriology, but it is very readable and very straightforward in describing the root of the Phylogenetic Tree. It is not likely that memorizing definitions will be useful to you on a test, but being able to recall how definitions and terms match, will.You need not follow most of the links here. There is ONLY ONE, which is to an interesting, short discussion of the three types of Prokaryote this author includes as the major divisions.

    • The underline indicates that a hyperlink from the lecture title to the study material exists.
    • The first hourly covers material from lectures 1 - 8. (The hourly is Lecture 9)Remember to check the information for the map question!!

    • Hourlies are not
      generally cumulative.
      We may ask
      questions that
      reflect infor-
      mation from
      earlier lectures
      because the
      cannot be absolutely
      separated, AND
      because infor-
      mation from early
      lectures should
      help you under
      stand the materials
      - especially as they
      relate to major
      global environ-
      mental problems
      in later lectures.

    • The 3rd hourly will be scheduled in our regular lecture room, as "Lecture 28". It is currently scheduled for Apr. 30.
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