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An introduction to the biology of mammals. Lectures and laboratories examine the morphology, systematics, natural history, behavior, ecology, evolutionary relationships, and biogeography of all major taxa.Notes: Freshman only admitted under exceptional circumstances. Lab meeting: Wednesdays, 2:30pm...
Research Areas: Ecology and Biodiversity
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Fall
An intensive seminar that aims to improve each student’s ability to discover and reason about evidence through the medium of essays. Each section focuses on a particular theme or topic, described on the Expos Website. All sections give students practice in formulating questions, analyzing both...
Research Areas: Arts and Humanities
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring, Fall
The module will examine the evolution of multilateral attempts to address climate change. The primary focus will be on mitigation (i.e., emissions reduction), but we will consider policy for adaptation, climate finance, and geoengineering, as well. The module will incorporate research and analysis...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy, Climate
School: Harvard Kennedy School
Season: Spring
Study of water as a critical resource and as a factor in Earth surface and near-surface processes. Focus on development of relevant mechanics and physics. Hydrologic cycle, surface and groundwater, evapotranspiration, soil physics. Flow in porous media, Darcy law, contaminant transport, remediation...
Research Areas: Climate, Ecology and Biodiversity
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Season: Spring
Atmospheric radiative transfer, including stellar properties, spectroscopy, gray and real gas calculations, Mie theory and scattering, satellite retrievals, and radiative-convective climate modelling. Climate feedbacks: the runaway greenhouse, volatile cycles on Mars and Titan, and atmospheric...
Research Areas: Climate
School: Harvard Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Season: Spring
Introduces the fundamentals of water biology, chemistry, physics and transport processes needed to understand water quality and water purification technologies. Practical instruction in basic water analyses concluding with a final water treatment project in place of exam.Notes: Offered jointly with...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Fall
Climate change is one of the most difficult problems facing humanity. A small sample of questions to be asked and answers attempted in this seminar includes the following. How do we analyze and decide what to “do” about climate change? What are the basic “models” combining economics with climate...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy, Climate
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring
In the US, energy use creates large political and social tensions and  much emphasis is placed on climate change.  In China, health issues surrounding energy use are emerging as a critical issue. Importantly, there are many areas where the role of energy is often overlooked.  A large fraction of...
Research Areas: Energy
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Fall
This seminar will explore a series of issues at the intersection of behavioral economics and public policy. Potential questions will involve climate change; energy efficiency; health care; and basic rights. There will be some discussion of paternalism and the implications of neuroscience as well....
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy, Energy
School: Harvard Kennedy School
Season:
This seminar will explore a series of issues at the intersection of behavioral economics and public policy. Potential questions will involve climate change; energy efficiency; health care; and basic rights. There will be some discussion of paternalism and the implications of neuroscience as well....
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy, Energy
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring
This course will showcase how novel technologies have allowed fascinating new insights into key aspects of our environment. The development of novel instrumentation, driven by technological advances, is revolutionizing the environmental sciences. The new instruments are transforming observations in...
Research Areas: Energy
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Season: Spring
This course focuses on rationales for and methods of government interventions in private markets. We cover various rationales, such as environmental externalities, fiscal externalities, and asymmetric information. And, we focus on various methods of intervention, such as taxes, regulation, direct...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring
It is well-known and oft-repeated in environmental health circles that we spend 90% of time indoors. Because this constitutes the vast majority of our exposure time, and concentrations of many indoor pollutants are actually higher indoors than outdoors, it follows logically that indoor environments...
Research Areas: Architecture and Environmental Design, Human Health
School: Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Season: Spring
Responding to contemporary urban patterns, ecological pressures and decaying infrastructures, this course brings together a series of influential thinkers and researchers from the design commons across North America to discuss different methods, models and measures of large scale, long range design...
Research Areas: Architecture and Environmental Design
School: Graduate School of Design
Season: Fall
The best intent does not always lead to the best performing design, as intuition and rules of thumb often fail to adequately inform decision making. Therefore, designers of high-performance architecture increasingly turn to analytical tools to eliminate some of the guesswork. This course explores...
Research Areas: Architecture and Environmental Design, Energy
School: Graduate School of Design
Season: Fall
This introductory course surveys the historical foundations, economic logics and underlying physics that underscore the design, development and operations of sustainable buildings. The recurring theme of people, place and profit is redefined within the context of user demand, asset management, site...
Research Areas: Architecture and Environmental Design
School: Graduate School of Design
Season: Fall
“We shape our buildings, and afterwards, our buildings shape us.” ~ Winston Churchill The built environment has profound effects on both our daily lives and the human condition at large. It determines where and how we live, work, play, and dream. The built environment embodies concrete stances on a...
Research Areas: Architecture and Environmental Design, Business, Law and Policy
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring
Climate change, urbanization, and conflict mean that global disasters are on the rise.  How should the world respond when disasters force people from their homes?  How can we better help the world’s refugees?  This course examines the past, present, and future of the international humanitarian...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy, Climate, Social Sciences
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring
This course aims to place current and anticipated changes in climate into the context of past events in Earth's history.  Current variations in temperature, precipitation, and sea level are examined in the context of events such as the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum, greening of the Sahara, and...
Research Areas: Climate
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Fall
Rapid human population growth and even more rapid growth in consumption are driving a transformation of most of Earth’s natural systems including its climate system, its oceans, land cover, biogeochemical cycles, biodiversity, and coastal and fresh water systems.  These systems underpin global food...
Research Areas: Climate, Human Health
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring
What’s the right carbon price? What can whale oil and horse manure teach us today? What’s the role of solar geoengineering? The course has two goals: to provide a set of tools to approach these and many other fundamental climate policy questions, and to help us distinguish positive (“what will be...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy, Climate
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Fall
This section gives new History concentrators an introduction to environmental history. Most historians leave the natural world out of the story, but environmental historians regard nature as the inescapable context for human history, including the human impact on nature. We will explore how the...
Research Areas: Ecology and Biodiversity
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring
This course examines the historical, social, and political life of nature in its many manifestations--as a source of life and livelihood, as a resource for exploitation, as a heritage to be protected, and as a post-industrial hybrid--in order to understand the variety of human interactions with the...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy, Ecology and Biodiversity
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Fall
This course provides extensive background on the history of ecotourism, its role in the development of local economies, its connection to the global tourism trade, its role in the conservation of natural resources, and its context in key case study regions including Central America, Southern Africa...
Research Areas: Architecture and Environmental Design, Ecology and Biodiversity
School: Harvard Extension School
Season: Fall
Zero energy buildings, also known as net zero energy buildings are buildings (or a community of buildings) which produce with on-site renewables the same amount of energy as they consume, on an annual basis. Typically, a zero energy building consists of a highly-efficient building with rooftop, or...
Research Areas: Architecture and Environmental Design, Energy
School: Harvard Extension School
Season: Spring
The Envision tool for sustainable infrastructure can be used for infrastructure projects of all types, sizes, complexities, and locations to assist the project team achieve higher levels of sustainability. It was originally developed by the Zofnass Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Design,...
Research Areas: Architecture and Environmental Design
School: Harvard Extension School
Season: Spring
The circular economy is a model that contrasts with the linear approach to production and consumption generally used today (where companies harvest and extract materials, use them to manufacture a product, and sell the product to a consumer—who then discards it when it no longer serves its purpose...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy
School: Harvard Extension School
Season: Spring
This course focuses on the extraordinary growth and success of public and private land conservation in the United States and abroad during the past forty years. We delve into the origins of land conservation and its development, in the context of the broader environmental movement, in the United...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy, Ecology and Biodiversity
School: Harvard Extension School
Season: Fall
This seminar will explore an assortment of issues, ranging from environmental regulation (including climate change) to financial regulation to public health, at the intersection of theory and practice. Among other things, the seminar will discuss the role of cost-benefit analysis, legal limits on...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring
Capitalism organizes society around individual pursuits of material gain. Capitalism seems to have won the great ideological struggle with other ways of organizing society. But there is much discontent: the Occupy Movement made clear that even Americans now care about excessive inequality, and many...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring
Lobbying is often called the 4th branch of government since this multi-billion dollar industry significantly impacts policymaking. This intensive course provides the opportunity to understand the fundamentals of lobbying while learning firsthand about the lobbying efforts of energy and...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy, Climate, Energy
School: Harvard Kennedy School
Season: Spring
This course has a limited number of seats to be filled by students from multiple disciplines (law, business, engineering, design, public policy, and public health). Interdisciplinary student teams will design projects for reducing the use of fossil fuels in the U.S. and reducing emissions of potent...
Research Areas: Climate
School: Harvard Law School
Season: Spring
A survey of theory and applications of DNA technologies to the study of evolutionary, ecological and behavioral processes in natural populations. Topics to be covered will span a variety of hierarchical levels, timescales, and taxonomic groups, and will include the evolution of genes, genomes and...
Research Areas: Ecology and Biodiversity
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Fall
The primary focus of GSD 6125 is the study of ecological considerations in architectural design. These considerations include the thermal, luminous, and acoustic behavior of buildings. The course examines the basic scientific principles underlying these phenomena and introduces students to a range...
Research Areas: Architecture and Environmental Design
School: Graduate School of Design
Season: Spring
How can one optimize the benefits of environmental or social sustainability while generating a higher return on investment in buildings? Where are the opportunities for real estate initiatives that are highly functional, healthy, aesthetically pleasing and financially rewarding? The challenge to...
Research Areas: Architecture and Environmental Design, Energy, Social Sciences
School: Graduate School of Design
Season: Spring
Description: The Physical Sciences hold the key to solving unprecedented problems at the intersection of science, technology, and an array of rapidly emerging global scale challenges. The course emphasizes a molecular scale understanding of energy and entropy; free energy in equilibria, acid/base...
Research Areas: Energy
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring

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