Faculty Profile

Brian Pedersen

Associate Professor of Environmental Science (1998)

Contact Information

pedersen@dickinson.edu

Kaufman Building Room 132
717.245.1897

Bio

His teaching and research interests concern ecology and environmental science.

Education

  • B.S., Harvey Mudd College, 1981
  • M.S., University of California at Davis, 1988
  • Ph.D., Oregon State University. 1992

2017-2018 Academic Year

Fall 2017

ENST 361 Role of Natural Sci in Env St
What can natural science contribute to our understanding of the interactions between humans and our environment? What makes it possible for natural science to provide this understanding? What are the limits on natural science’s capacity to contribute to environmental studies? Answers to these questions come from the humanities, social science, and natural science. From these perspectives, this course will examine natural science as a way of knowing, and explore the application of natural science to environmental challenges. Laboratory activities will provide opportunities for students to work with ideas and processes that are fundamental to natural science, and experience how natural science is applied in environmental studies. Three hours classroom and three hours laboratory a week. Prerequisite: 252 or any three natural science courses or junior class standing.

ENST 550 Independent Research

Spring 2018

ENST 162 Integrative Environmental Sci
This course is an introduction to interdisciplinary environmental science. Students will learn to draw upon a variety of natural sciences to identify and address environmental challenges. Students will examine environmental issues analytically, learn to evaluate existing data, and begin to develop skills for acquiring new knowledge via the scientific method. They will be exposed to basic techniques for assessing environmental problems in lectures, laboratory exercises, and fieldwork. Three hours classroom and four hours laboratory a week. Prerequisite: 161

ENST 162 Integrative Environmental Sci
This course is an introduction to interdisciplinary environmental science. Students will learn to draw upon a variety of natural sciences to identify and address environmental challenges. Students will examine environmental issues analytically, learn to evaluate existing data, and begin to develop skills for acquiring new knowledge via the scientific method. They will be exposed to basic techniques for assessing environmental problems in lectures, laboratory exercises, and fieldwork. Three hours classroom and four hours laboratory a week. Prerequisite: 161

ENST 406 Who Are the Founders?
The academic field of environmental studies, including environmental science, is relatively new. But the field is sufficiently established to have a history and to have its founders. Unfortunately, too many of the individuals who created, shaped, and contributed to the diverse field of environmental studies are not generally known. This seminar is a project. We will search for environmental studies’ founders, identify their contributions to the field, and write their biographies. We will organize, categorize, and present these biographies in a form that is publicly-accessible and that will be useful to a wide range of audiences. Students in the seminar will be responsible for defining the project’s scope, planning the work, and carrying the project to completion. The work of the seminar will be done as individuals, small groups, and the entire class. Students will be able to focus many of their contributions to the project within their areas of interest. Individual students’ contributions will be evaluated based primarily on portfolios of their work.