Fall 2019 HC 231H: Environment Alteration before Fossil Fuels

Fall 2019-2020

Professor: Nick Kohler

4.00 credits

  • CRN 17204: Tuesday & Thursday, 14:00 - 15:20 @ PLC 248

The class traces the direct and indirect impact of humans on environments throughout the globe. Historically, it ranges from the time period of human expansion out of the African continent (by at least 70,000 years ago) to the pervasive effects of global trade in the 1700s.

Over this time, environmental changes caused by human action, whether deliberate or unplanned, have had profound, and unforeseen, influences on natural systems and human societies.  These have reorganized and replaced environments across the globe. The impacts on the different biomes of the earth have varied over time, and depend upon factors such as culture, technology, environmental vulnerability, and geographic location.