Professor Laura Webb
This course explores the relationships between human health, geologic processes, and Earth materials. We will examine potential health hazards to which humans are exposed by air, water, soil, or Earth perturbations such as volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and mining. Foundational geologic and geochemical knowledge will be applied to think critically about factors that affect health outcomes, such as biosolubility and bioreactivity of Earth materials. Through case studies, we will explore related issues around public health, including testing and regulation.
Place, Landscape & Environment in Vermont
Professor Harlan Morehouse
This course introduces students to the geographic study of place and landscape, Vermont’s environmental history, and contemporary socio-environmental issues. Geography is an interdisciplinary field, drawing on knowledge, methods, and ideas in physical sciences, social sciences, the humanities, and visualization/mapping technologies. Consideration of spatial relationships differentiates Geography from other disciplines. We weave several disciplinary perspectives into our critical geographical approach study of Vermont’s environment.