Environmental Science (ENVS2100): Environmental Informatics
Environmental Informatics is the knowledge skills and tools which enable information to be collected, managed and disseminated to support research in environmental science. Students develop skills for the analysis, evaluation and synthesis of knowledge in environmental science. Information systems, tools, and techniques are introduced and applied to current environmental challenges.
Environmental Science (ENVS3400): Environment and Human Health
You and everything around you is part of the environment. Every aspect of the environment, from the air you breathe to the water you drink, from the roads you travel to the waste you produce, may affect how you feel and ultimately your well being. Environmental health is a discipline that focuses on the interrelationships between people and their environment, promotes human health and well being, and fosters a safe healthful environment. In this course we will learn about the tools and perspectives needed to investigate the relationships between human health and the environment. We will also examine a variety of current issues from the global to the local and critically evaluate the systems required to support human health in the context of environmental sustainability. Weekly laboratory exercises will teach students how theories and methods from ecology, epidemiology and geomatics (GIS, GPS, and remote sensing technologies) can be employed in environment and health research.
Sustainability 3000 (SUST3000): Environmental Decision Making
Making decisions regarding our individual and collective choices for a sustainable future requires decisions to account for the uncertainty and complexity inherent to human development that is sensitive to ecological constraints along with competing human values. Given this context, this course sets out to explore a number of key challenges that confound decision-making generally along with a variety of decision support tools that help us integrate diverse knowledge and values for theoretically better outcomes. While many of the issues and approaches covered transcend human decision contexts, throughout the course we will draw on resource and environment related examples and contexts and consider the implications of disconnecting development decision-making from sustainability.
Environmental Science (ENVS4901/2): Honours Thesis
An honours thesis comprised of an independent investigation to develop mastery of the basic skills of problem definition, proposal preparation and project implementation is the key to dealing with a wide range of "real-life" situations, both on and off the career path. The journey includes lectures and tutorials on proposal writing, research design and methodology, and an independent environmental science research project carried out under the supervision of an approved faculty member. An honours thesis gives you the opportunity to conduct an independent research project over the course of the full academic year. The experience will help you to decide if you would be interested in a career in research as well as the aptitude to be a successful researcher in environmental science.
Daniel also contributes to the Environmental Science Field School class teaching geographic information systems and sampling methods.