Introduction to Atmospheric Chemistry
This course is loosely based on Daniel Jacob's Atmospheric Chemistry course, taught at Harvard. Our objectives are to understand the chemical composition and conditions in the atmosphere that support or suppress chemical interactions. This covers topics including the history of Earth's atmosphere, biogeochemical cycles, stratospheric/tropospheric ozone loss/production, aerosol dynamics, and air pollution.
The Terrestrial Carbon Cycle
This course focuses on what we know about carbon exchange in Earth's systems and what we have left to learn. This is particularly useful for undergraduates who would like to delve more deeply into a climate-relevant biogeochemical cycle and get a tour of different methods of inquiry in Earth science. Graduate students who are about to embark on a study of single aspect of the carbon cycle would benefit from having a broader picture view of how their project fits into the big picture.
Byrne Seminar: Climate and Ecosystems
This introductory course for freshmen will provide broader context for questions around climate change. We will answer fundamental questions (e.g. what is an ecosystem?) and develop ideas around what climate means and how it can change. This course has a field component where we visit disturbed forests and make observations to support the practice of authentic scientific inquiry.
This class is a collaboration with Carrie Ferraro of the Rutgers Climate Institute and Janice McDonnell in Marine Sciences at Rutgers University. We will introduce students to the practice of communicating fundamental concepts in climate science to informal audiences. Students will have the opportunity to use their skills communicating with local grade school students or museum guests.