Helping the international community
adopt and maintain environmentally sound & sustainable practices.

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  SPRING 2013 Schedule

Eight Week Online Classes


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Ecological Risk Assessment for a Sustainable Environment

Online class taught by Dr. David Ludwig
March 4th, 2013- April 26th, 2013

Sample Syllabus

This course offers a broad introduction to the state-of-the-science and the practice of ecological risk assessment in multi-stressor contexts. Students are exposed to an array of the interrelated disciplines that are the foundation of ecological risk assessment. These include among others: stressor identification, systems ecology, population biology, chemical fate and transport, basic toxicology, restoration science, resource allocation, regulatory policy and guidelines, comparative risk analysis, and net outcomes evaluation. Case studies are presented to frame discussion and debate. In true whole-system fashion the class takes a global perspective, and we cover issues and examples from around the world and from varied ecosystems, from open oceans and alpine highlands to deserts, estuaries, wetlands, and densely settled urban environments.

Environmental Forensics: Environmental Crime Scene Investigations

Online class taught by Dr Ioana G. Petrisor
March 4, 2013 - April 26, 2013

Sample Syllabus
This course provides useful information related to contaminant source tracking and age-dating. Environmental forensic and its role within environmental and legal fields will be first defined. Then, various components of environmental forensic investigations will be presented, including: historical document and aerial photograph review, as well as investigative “fingerprinting” techniques (e.g., chemical, isotopic, mineralogical, tree-ring and DNA fingerprinting). Some of these techniques can point out multiple releases and may be used to track old releases even after site mitigation. Additionally, contaminant properties and fate & transport will be reviewed for main environmental contaminant classes (e.g., petroleum products, chlorinated solvents, PCBs, perchlorate, oxygenate additives, metals). Representative case studies will be provided in order to illustrate practical applications, including:
  • successfully settling of environmental disputes;
  • building appropriate monitoring strategies and minimization of future liabilities;
  • effective characterization of complex sites (where many contaminants and potential sources of contamination exist) enabling efficient and cost-effective remedial design.
The course is intended for a large range of professionals who deal with environmental contamination issues, especially involving legal liability and complex site contamination characterization and cleanup. Such professionals may include (but are not limited to): environmental consultants, industrial site owners and operators (e.g., manufacturers, mining companies, foundry operators, refineries, dry cleaners), insurance agency’s employees, environmental lawyers and judges, governmental employees (from regulatory agencies), and environmental students. This course will serve as the cornerstone for the Certificate in Environmental Forensics, which will soon be offered by the AEHS Foundation.

March 4, 2013 - April 26, 2013

Detailed Course Description

From prehistory to the present, wars have been important determinants of environmental quality. Landscape-scale manipulations of fire, water, soil, vegetation, and animals were weapons in ancient times. As technological developments expanded, impacts of war increased, and the consequences are long-term and far-reaching. At the same time, military facilities provide tightly controlled access, and many sensitive habitats and species prosper on military lands while declining elsewhere.

This course provides a comprehensive and innovative analysis of the complex relationships of war and war readiness with the environment. The instructor, Dr. David Ludwig, is a systems ecologist who has worked on military environmental issues across North America and around the world. From Pacific islands to the Middle East and across the Mediterranean and Atlantic, he has documented residual impacts of World War Two and its aftermath, the Cold War, and modern conflicts including the Gulf Crisis of the early 1990s. His consulting portfolio includes advising global commands and regional and local facilities on sustainable design and operations for restoration and enhancement of critical habitats and biodiversity, including endangered and threatened species. His academic background as a broad-based ecosystems expert and his intimate familiarity with the published literature and internet information sources make him an outstanding guide along the difficult and multifaceted path to coherent understanding of the implications of armed conflict and military readiness for the sustainable future of the biosphere.

*It is our intention to only offer students a robust academic experience with our online courses. To do this, we require a minimum of 10 students to conduct the class. If student enrollment does not meet this requirement, we reserve the right to cancel the class and students will be offered a full refund.
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