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This course introduces basic concepts in the ecology of individual organisms, their populations, and the biological communities in which they live. Emphasis is on terrestrial plant and animal ecology. The historical, evolutionary, and ecological processes determining the distribution of ecosystems...
Research Areas: Ecology and Biodiversity
School: Harvard Extension School
Season: Fall
The field of industrial ecology includes advanced tools and methods to assist practitioners seeking to redesign and realign industrial systems and activities to be more ecologically and socially sound. Central within the field of industrial ecology is life cycle assessment (LCA), which involves...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy, Social Sciences
School: Harvard Extension School
Season: Fall
With the increased awareness of how business and economic activity impact our planet and societies, we are seeing a boom in entrepreneurial activity premised on social responsibility, environmental friendliness, energy efficiency, and other sustainability-related attributes. This course seeks to...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy
School: Harvard Extension School
Season: Spring
The course provides each participant with a guided immersion in the processes of heuristic question formulation, objective research design, and implementation. Included are hypothesis testing, data collection and analysis, writing, revision, and final dissemination. Four contexts catalyze this...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy
School: Harvard Extension School
Season: Fall
Provides a survey, from the perspective of economics, of public policy issues associated with environmental protection and natural resources management. Lectures on conceptual and methodological topics are combined with examinations of specific resource and environmental issues, with a particular...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy, Social Sciences
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard Kennedy School
Season: Spring
This is an advanced research seminar on selected topics in environmental and resource economics. Emphasizes theoretical models, quantitative empirical analysis, and public policy applications. Includes presentations by invited outside speakers. Students prepare critiques of presented papers and...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy, Social Sciences
School: Harvard Kennedy School
Season: Spring
The Geopolitics of Energy examines the intersection between international security, politics, and energy issues. The course begins with the recognition that energy has long been a major determinant of power in the international system and that every shift in global energy patterns has brought with...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy, Energy
School: Harvard Kennedy School
Season: Fall
The oceans contain 97% of Earth’s water, and host the most disparate ecosystems on the planet. This course provides an introduction to deep ocean habitats, macrofauna and microorganisms. Emphasis is placed on the physiological adaptations of organisms to their environment, as well the role of...
Research Areas: Ecology and Biodiversity
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring
This course examines how microbes and animals have evolved to maintain function throughout the wide range of extant habitats. Emphasis is on physiological/biochemical evolution in response to environmental conditions, including climate change and life in extreme environments. As the first course in...
Research Areas: Ecology and Biodiversity
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring
Research Areas: Ecology and Biodiversity
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring, Fall
Field and laboratory research into the history, biology, ecology, culture, and economic problems of local, regional, and world forests. Individual research projects.Note: Seminars, conferences, field, and laboratory work at the Harvard Forest, Petersham, Massachusetts.
Research Areas: Ecology and Biodiversity
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring, Fall
Research Areas: Ecology and Biodiversity
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring, Fall
Non-fossil energy sources and energy storage are important for our future. We cover four main subjects to which students with a background in physics and physical chemistry could make paradigm changing contributions: photovoltaic cells, nuclear power, batteries, and photosynthesis. Fundamentals of...
Research Areas: Energy
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Season: Spring
North America as an evolving visual environment is analyzed as a systems concatenation involving such constituent elements as farms, small towns, shopping malls, highways, suburbs, and as depicted in fiction, poetry, cartography, television, cinema, and advertising and cybernetic simulation.Notes:...
Research Areas: Architecture and Environmental Design, Arts and Humanities
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Graduate School of Design
Season: Fall
Selected topics in the history of the North American coastal zone, including the seashore as wilderness, as industrial site, as area of recreation, and as artistic subject; the shape of coastal landscape for conflicting uses over time; and the perception of the seashore as marginal zone in...
Research Areas: Architecture and Environmental Design, Arts and Humanities, Ecology and Biodiversity
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Graduate School of Design
Season: Fall
This course surveys federal environmental law and serves as a useful introduction both to environmental law’s particular complexities as well as to the skills necessary in mastering any complex area of regulation. The first part of the course considers the character of environmental disputes, the...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy
School: Harvard Law School
Season: Fall
This course offers a general introduction to environmental health from local to global, addressing fundamental topics and current controversies. The first part of the course covers core topics that prepare students to more fully understand and address environmental health issues: toxicology,...
Research Areas: Human Health
School: Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Season: Summer
This course is appropriate for students interested in learning quantitative methods for assessing environmental exposures and hazards. This course is directed at first year Environmental Health students and MPH students with specific interest or experience in environmental health or for those...
Research Areas: Human Health
School: Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Season: Spring
Provides students with the opportunity to review the epidemiologic basis for associating selected occupational and environmental exposures with health outcomes and to explore how this science might be used to develop and implement regulation of these exposures. Class sessions are divided between a...
Research Areas: Human Health
School: Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Season: Spring
The course comprises introductory lectures and discussions on key aspects of industrial hygiene and occupational health covering recognition, evaluation and control of health hazards at work. Consideration is given to chemical, physical and biological hazards, and the criteria for the evaluation of...
Research Areas: Human Health
School: Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Season: Fall
This course will examine methodological issues associated with the design and execution of studies designed to measure environmental exposure to chemical and biological contaminants. The first half of the course will be lecture based, and will address topics such as: study design issues,...
Research Areas: Human Health
School: Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Season: Fall
Human activity is changing the atmosphere and altering terrestrial marine ecosystems on a global scale. Evidence is mounting that these changes may already be having serious effects on human health, and there is growing concern that in coming decades the effects could be catastrophic. This course...
Research Areas: Climate, Human Health
School: Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Season: Spring
Starting with the fundamentals of radiation protection, this course then treats in-depth selected topics in occupational and environmental radiation protection (e.g. risk assessment of exposures to diagnostic and therapeutic x rays; use of lung and metabolic models in evaluation of the hazard from...
Research Areas: Human Health
School: Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Season: Fall
This course is designed to provide the tools and foundations necessary to understand the fate and transport of environmental contaminants in various environmental media and to estimate their impact on human exposure. The course will consider human exposure assessment in the context of risk...
Research Areas: Human Health
School: Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Season: Fall
The course will assess the impact of the environment on the onset and exacerbation of cardiovascular diseases. Environmental exposures that have been implicated to impact cardiovascular disease are predominantly air pollution, second hand smoke, noise, and heat. The course will present teaching...
Research Areas: Human Health
School: Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Season: Fall
This course is required for all incoming master of science students in GHP. It is intended as a broad survey of the main facts, issues, perspectives, methods, results, and conclusions in the areas of global population and health.The course is organized into three blocks. The first block deals with...
Research Areas: Human Health, Social Sciences
School: Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Season: Fall
This course covers applied advanced regression analysis. Its focus is on relaxing classical assumptions in regression analysis to better match what epidemiological data really looks like. Specifically, the course will cover nonlinear exposure-response relationships and repeated measure designs,...
Research Areas: Human Health
School: Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Season: Spring
Introduces the framework of risk assessment, considers its relationship with cost-benefit, decision analysis and other tools for improving environmental decisions. The scientific foundations for risk assessment (epidemiology, toxicology, and exposure assessment) are discussed. The mathematical...
Research Areas: Human Health
School: Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Season: Spring
The physical processes responsible for sea level changes over time scales extending from hours to hundreds of millions of years. Long-term sea-level trends: geological observations, physical mechanisms and eustasy, dynamic topography. Sea-level change on an ice age Earth (glacial isostatic...
Research Areas: Climate, Ecology and Biodiversity
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring
An overview of the Earth's energy and material resources, including conventional and unconventional hydrocarbons, nuclear fuels, alternative/renewable energy resources, metals, and other industrial materials. The course emphasizes the geologic and environmental factors that dictate the...
Research Areas: Energy
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring
Introduction to biological and organic chemistry of the Earth’s environment. Primary focus on formation, processing, and preservation of organic carbon, with emphasis on paleoenvironmental applications and on processes occurring at the molecular level. This class is intended to be taken in series...
Research Areas: Climate
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring
The course covers climate dynamics and climate variability phenomena and mechanisms, and provides hands-on experience running and analyzing climate models, as well as using dynamical system theory tools. Among the subjects covered: energy balance and greenhouse effect, El Nino, thermohaline...
Research Areas: Climate
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season:
An introduction to low temperature biogeochemistry. We will focus on key biogeochemical elements and look to understand the linkages between the biosphere, atmosphere and hydrosphere. The course begins with a description of marine geochemistry (alkalinity and chemical fluxes) and works toward...
Research Areas: Climate
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Fall
This course provides an introduction to the physical and chemical impacts of energy choices on human society and natural ecosystems. Topics will include the carbon cycle, climate, air and water pollution, impacts of energy systems on health, land use consequences of energy technologies, and nuclear...
Research Areas: Climate, Energy, Human Health
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Fall
The climate of our planet is changing at a rate unprecedented in human history.  Primarily responsible is the build-up of heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere, most notably carbon dioxide emitted in conjunction with the combustion of coal, oil and natural gas.  Concentrations in the atmosphere of...
Research Areas: Energy
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring
Recognizing that plants are one of the essential mediums of landscape architecture, this class seeks to introduce the student to two basic relationships; the relationship between plants and people (horticulture) and the relationship between plants and the environment (ecology). The first half of...
Research Areas: Architecture and Environmental Design, Ecology and Biodiversity
School: Graduate School of Design
Season: Fall

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