Rutgers University - New Brunswick Graduate Courses Related to Climate and Environmental Change
16:460:503 STUDIES IN PALEONTOLOGY (3)
Topics include methods and case studies in systematics, evolution and extinction, paleogeography, paleoclimate, and other topics of current interest. Emphasis on the relationship between geological and biological processes.
16:460:505 SEDIMENTARY GEOLOGY(3)
Topics of current interdisciplinary research in sedimentary geology. Sequence stratigraphy, facies models, sea-level change, unconformities/hiatuses, tectonics, climate change, evolution, mass extinctions.
16:460:526 PALEOCEANOGRAPHY (3)
Paleoecology, paleoclimatology, and paleogeography of marine microfossils; study of major paleoceanographic events and their relationships to stratigraphy and sedimentary facies.
16:460:571 CLIMATE CHANGE RISK ANALYSIS (3)
This course will cover the science, economics and public policy of climate change risks.
16:460:613 F 17 SEMINAR IN EARTH MAGNETISM (2)
This will be primarily a reading seminar of relevant papers from the literature. Some of the meetings will be introduced by lectures on some of the basics and theory of experimental paleomagnetism, its conceptual context in terms of the geocentric axial dipole hypothesis, true and apparent polar wander, and geomagnetic polarity reversals, and their applications to rates of ocean crust production and the paleogeographic distribution of continents and ocean basins, including large igneous provinces, all against the backdrop of variations in proxies of climate and greenhouse gases over at least the past 250 Ma. Some of the issues to be considered are the evidence for variable rates of outgassing tied to sea-floor spreading as the underlying basis of the GEOCARB family of climate models, temporal changes in silicate weathering as the ultimate major carbon sink, and the contribution of latitudinal variations in land-sea areas on planetary surface albedo. Changes in seawater chemistry and sea level may also be topics of discussion depending on seminar attendee interest. The aim of the seminar is to highlight outstanding problems and to identify research avenues to improve our understanding of tectonic factors that control the evolution of long-term global climate.
16:218:502 CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE COAST (3)
This course explores issues related to coastal risk and resilience by integrating perspectives from climate science, geography, sociology, economics, urban planning, ecology, and civil & environmental engineering. Each class session centers on a discussion led by a member of the faculty or by an outside guest and focuses on transdisciplinary learning, new perspectives, and current issues within the context of more than one disciplines. The goal of the course is for students to connect new knowledge among the different disciplines and create a deeper understanding related to human experience with coastal adaptation and resilience.