This non-majors class is an introductory course to the topics of oceanography and climate change. Dr. Z teaches this class every other fall semester (fall 2015, fall 2017, etc).
A copy of the most recent syllabus can be found here
In this course we explore the science of climate change from a variety of angles. We begin by discussing what governs climate over geologic time including the physics of the greenhouse effect. The second part of the course focuses on the differentiating weather from climate, the perturbed carbon cycle and the sensitivity of climate to changes. In the final section of the course we will explore impacts, vulnerabilities, suitable adaptation and mitigation strategies. By the end of this class, you will be able to discuss the major pieces of evidence about why climate is changing and why this is of great concern, as well as conduct an educated conversation about what are suitable next steps society should be taking.
A copy of a recent syllabus can be found here.
In this graduate class we explore how molecules made by modern and ancient microbes and plants illuminate the history of Earth. This course traces how this field originated from a few maverick organic chemists and geologist joined forces to develop the field of organic geochemisty. This course is relevant for those students interested in using biomarkers (1) to reconstruct past climates, (2) explore for oil and (3) trace modern biological processes. This course will be offered fall 2016 and every other fall semester (fall 2016, fall 2018, etc).