Environmental Science and Climate Change

Full Course Title: 
Visualizing Environmental Science and Climate Change

This course will explore data collection practices in environmental sciences and how visualizations are used to convey scientific information, with a focus on climate change. In an age marked by the urgency of climate change, the course delves into the intersection of environmental science and the power of visual communication. We will explore data collection practices in environmental sciences and investigate how visualizations serve as a vital tool for conveying scientific information, with a central focus on climate change and its far-reaching impacts. Throughout history, from the primitive etchings on rocks to the sophisticated computer modeling and satellite imaging of today, humans have employed an array of visual techniques to communicate observations about the natural world. Visual literacy, or graphicacy, is integral to the storytelling of science, making this course a platform for understanding and applying visual communication strategies within the context of environmental issues. Students will enhance their understanding of climate science and other environmental issues and also develop their science communication skills. Together, we will explore how visualizations can be a compelling force in addressing the most pressing environmental challenges of our time including climate impact, mitigation and adaptation.

Course Details
Course Number: 
Section Number(s) and Day/Times Taught: 
156: T 11:00am-12:15pm
170: T 12:30pm-1:45pm
Fall 2024
Global Issues

Marta Toran

Marta Toran

Marta Toran is the Outreach Coordinator for the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences. She develops and facilitates science programs for K-12 students and their teachers both on campus and at their school. She is also an adjunct instructor in the Biology Department where she has taught aspiring middle and high school science teachers in the Secondary Science Education Program. Marta studied zoology at the University of New Hampshire and worked in marine laboratories before she headed to the UK to complete her science teaching degree at Oxford University. After teaching science and Spanish in middle and high schools in both the UK and the US, she went on to get a Masters of Science in science education at Montana State University. Marta's interest in outreach stems from a conviction that sharing the passion scientists feel towards their research with school students and their teachers will not only inspire the next generation of scientists, but will also help students become responsible citizens of the world.