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Ecology, Environment, and Evolution

Environment and Ecology track focuses on the dynamic relationship between the human organism and its natural and social environment. Coursework and research opportunities associated with the track provides students with a fundamental theoretical and methodological foundation for investigating processes that shape temporal and spatial distributions and interactions of people, land, and the resources they utilize. The track provides a cross-disciplinary, theoretical approach to the ecology of human-environmental dynamics, including behavioral ecology, political ecology, evolutionary ecology, zooarchaeology and ethnoarchaeology, the human dimensions of global change, demography, biological anthropology, and human population ecology. Faculty focus on how processes of evolutionary change, both biological and cultural, create variability and plasticity in human behavior, bodies, culture and social systems and on the ways that such variability interacts dynamically with biotic and social environments at various spatial scales. Specific research strengths include:

Required courses

Required: ANTHRO 90C: Theory of Ecological and Environmental Anthropology
Required: ANTRHO 91-Methods and Evidence in Anthropology

Example of Courses within the EE Emphasis (20 units required)

  • ANTHRO 161A: Human Ecology: Adaptions to Climate and Climate Change
  • ANTHRO 162: Indigenous Peoples and Environmental Problems
  • ANTHRO 155: Research Methods in Ecological Anthropology
  • ANTHRO 169: The Ecology of Cuisine: Food, Nutrition, and the Evolution of the Human Diet