Biodiversity and the City

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FULL COURSE DESCRIPTION

Professor: Chelsea Rochman
Subject: Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Course Code: EEB197H1S
Time: Tuesday 10:00 – 12:00

Most of us are urban creatures, but we as people are not the only urban creatures. In this seminar we will explore the diversity of animal and plant species comprising the ecological community that we call “Toronto”. We will learn their names, whether they are endemic (from here originally) or newcomers, general aspects of their biology that suit them to living in an urban environment, how natural selection shapes the traits similarly and differently for species in urban versus wilderness settings, and what happens when the wild and the domesticated members of the community meet one another. For non-science students in all years and disciplines.

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Pre-requisites:

none

Co-requisites:

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Exclusions:

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Recommended Preparation:

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Breadth designation:

Living Things and Their Environment (4)

CR/NCR:

Not eligible for CR/NCR option

Restrictions:

Restricted to first-year students

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IN THE NEWS

“Cities and countries aim to slash plastic waste within a decade”

FYF instructor Chelsea Rochman comments on a UN Environmental Assembly commitment to reduce single-use plastic products and highlights global and local responses to this call.

18 Apr 2019 | The Conversation

“Sea of Troubles”

Professor Chelsea Rochman describes her journey from collecting trash in the desert of her native Arizona to studying ecosystem effects of micro-plastics in her U of T lab.

24 Apr 2019 | U of T Magazine