2012-13 Catalog

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Offering Description

graduate Conceptualizing Our Regional Environment (gCORE)


Fall 2012 quarter

Carri LeRoy freshwater ecology, quantitative biology, environmental education , Kevin Francis history of science and technology , Martha Henderson geography, political ecology, science, nature and religion, eastern Mediterranean region

This program provides a framework for understanding current environmental issues from an interdisciplinary perspective. Students will begin to develop the skills to become producers of new knowledge, rather than being strictly learners of information already available. Multiple methods of data acquisition and analysis will be introduced through examples drawn from many fields of study. The philosophy of science and the problematic relationship between science and policy are also introduced.

2012 Syllabus

Fall 2012 Room Assignments:

The first gCore Class will meet in C1107 (on Tues, Sept 25).  For the rest of the quarter the class will meet in B1105 on Tuesdays and C1107 on Thursdays.

Faculty Biographies

Kevin Francis, Ph.D. studied biology and philosophy at Reed College. After graduating, he spent several years working as a wildlife biologist for Mt. Hood National Forest. His graduate studies at the University of Minnesota focused on history of science and medicine. His historical research concerns scientific efforts to understand the mass extinction of North American megafauna (e.g. mammoth, mastodon, giant ground sloth) around 12,000 years ago, especially the way that various disciplines approach this problem.

Martha L. Henderson, Ph.D. is a geographer interested in social aspects of environmental conditions  and transformation of Earth by humans over time.  She is currently the Director of the Graduate Program on the Environment.  Her primary research and teaching interests are in ethnic identities as revealed in cultural landscapes.  Her teaching areas and research interests include Greek landscapes of wild land fire, Native American reservation landscapes, and Western American public lands and landscapes.

Dr. Carri LeRoy is a Member of the Faculty at The Evergreen State College and a Co-Director of the Sustainability in Prisons Project. As a stream ecologist, she is fascinated by interactions between forests and streams and has studied riparian systems in Washington, Arizona, and Utah for the past 10 years. Dr. LeRoy has published over 25 scientific research articles with students and collaborators in the fields of stream ecology, ecological genetics, riparian forest ecology and prairie plant community dynamics. For the MES program she teaches in gCORE and RDQM where she gets to teach about the ecology of the Pacific Northwest as well as the applications and theory of statistics and quantitative methods. Her interests in non-formal education are based in her experience with environmental and place-based education, her work with incarcerated students and her desire to facilitate environmental stewardship in broad audiences.


Advertised Schedule
6-10p Tue/Thu
Online Learning
Enhanced Online Learning
Greener Store
Required Fees
$100 for an overnight field trip.
Offered During

Program Revisions

Date Revision
August 21st, 2012 Fee amount corrected.