Richard Wolfson
Email
wolfson@middlebury.edu
Office Hours
Mon, Wed 10-12; Fri 1:30 - 2:45

Courses Taught

Course Description

Independent Study
In this course, students (non-seniors) carry out an independent research or creative project on a topic pertinent to the relationship between humans and the environment. The project, carried out under the supervision of a faculty member with related expertise who is appointed in or affiliated with the Environmental Studies Program, must involve a significant amount of independent research and analysis. The expectations and any associated final products will be defined in consultation with the faculty advisor. Students may enroll in ENVS 0500 no more than twice for a given project. (Approval only)

Terms Taught

Fall 2018

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Course Description

Senior Independent Study
In this course, seniors complete an independent research or creative project on a topic pertinent to the relationship between humans and the environment. During the term prior to enrolling in ENVS 0700, a student must discuss and agree upon a project topic with a faculty advisor who is appointed in or affiliated with the Environmental Studies Program and submit a brief project proposal to the Director of Environmental Studies for Approval. The expectations and any associated final products will be defined in consultation with the faculty advisor. Students may enroll in ENVS 0700 as a one-term independent study OR up to twice as part of a multi-term project, including as a lead-up to ENVS 0701 (ES Senior Thesis) or ENVS 0703 (ES Senior Integrated Thesis). (Senior standing; Approval only)

Terms Taught

Fall 2018

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Course Description

This course focuses on the scientific basis of climate change. We will explore three main questions: (1) What’s the evidence that Earth’s climate is changing? (2) What’s the cause of present-day climate change? (3) What does our climate future have in store, and how can we influence that future? Specific topics include the greenhouse effect, energy flows between Sun, Earth, and atmosphere, past climates, carbon emissions and other human influence on climate, climate models and their projections of future climate. Readings will be from reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and other sources that will be made available. Students will work with primary data including global and regional temperature records, carbon emissions, and ice-core data on ancient climates. Each class will include a brief introduction to the day’s topic, followed by data analysis and other activities. Class topics will be followed in greater depth through readings and pre-recorded presentations.

Terms Taught

Spring 2022 - MIIS, MIIS Winter/J Term only

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