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Introductory Seminars for First-Year Students
Catching up with Traditional Ecological Knowledge
Traditional ecological knowledge—the knowledge developed and maintained by local communities over many generations about their natural environment—is increasingly appreciated as fundamental to solving environmental problems. In this seminar, we will explore some of the cutting-edge research on traditional ecological knowledge and its conceptual and practical role in guiding ecosystem restoration. We will address some key questions. For example, what makes traditional ecological knowledge different from Western science? What led to the recent increase in Western scientists' appreciation of traditional ecological knowledge? How can traditional ecological knowledge inform ecosystem restoration in a world that is undergoing rapid climate change, land use change, and biological invasion? And how can traditional ecological knowledge be merged with Western science to achieve more successful ecosystem restoration? The core of this seminar will be discussion based on reading of primary articles. We will also practice science communication through podcast projects. The final goal is for each group consisting of 2-3 students to make a 5-minute podcast on the scientific topic of their choice from the materials we discuss in class.