Environmental Conservation [CRN 27375]

Discipline: Natural Resources
Instructor: Beal
Credits: 3
Day: A
Start: 1400
End: 1520
Field Work: Day 1 | January 12, 2018 | Hawaii, United States
Prerequisites: None Download Syllabus

Environmental Conservation is an interdisciplinary investigation of the complex factors which allow our earth to maintain balance and self-regulation.  In this course we will investigate how land, water, air and living things help maintain this balance.

In addition to studying the fundamental concepts of natural resource conservation and management, we will consider the impacts of global warming, energy and pollution on these systems and other life.  The trade in illegal wildlife and their body parts, loss of habitat, impact of overfishing, the consequences of fish and shrimp farming, and the impact of genetically modified food will be investigated as they relate to endangered species around the world.  The influence of culture and the wants, needs, and desires of human beings will also be considered. As we move into the next century knowing we have already depleted many of our resources, its important to understand our impact now.

Semester at Sea provides the unique opportunity to view environmental conservation issues first hand and to compare the impact of humans across various cultures.  Students will observe different ethical, religious and cultural attitudes towards the environment. Information from the text will be supplemented by case studies and exploration into specific conservation issues in different parts of the world.  It is hoped students will be able to form their own world view realize how humans contribute to environmental conservation problems and how they can help solve environmental problems.

Field Work

Country: Hawaii, United States
Day: 1
Date: January 12, 2018

Hawaii Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve is only about a 30-minute drive from Honolulu.  We will first stop at the Marine Education Center, where we will view exhibits to learn more about the major efforts that were made to restore the fragile eco-system. Visitors are required to watch a brief video upon arrival about safety, interacting with sea creatures. We then have lunch and spend the rest of the afternoon snorkeling.  Coral reefs are often called the rainforests of the ocean because of their high biodiversity. We will do a short lab exercise to learn how scientists evaluate biodiversity while snorkeling in Hanauma Bay. <br/>


Learning Objectives: <br/>

  1. To learn about restoration efforts in the Hanauma Bay <br/>
  2. To observe the interaction between visitors and the organisms <br/>
  3. To learn the history of farmed fish in Paepae o He'eia
  4. To gain understanding diversity of coral reef organisms
  5. To study Hawaiian marine ecology