EarthLifeandTimeSyllabusFALL2016

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Life Science Earth, Life and Time (CORE-UA 312.001) Fall 2016 Room 207 Silver, Tuesday and Thursday 2:00 to 3:15 Lectures: Professor Michael R. Rampino Departments of Biology and Environmental Studies [email protected] ; 212-998-3743 or 718-578-1442 Office Hours: Tues/Thurs from 12:30 to 1:30 in Room 1157 Brown The Universe is nearly 14 billion years old, and during that time the elements necessary to build planets and life were created in stars and distributed across the galaxies. Life on Earth, originating some four billion years ago, has evolved in response to environmental changes on the planet. At the same time, major innovations in the history of life have led to transformations of Earth’s atmosphere, oceans and climate. Earth, Life and Time examines the history of the intimate relationship between Earth’s changing environments and the evolution of life. This long-term perspective provides a narrative of Cosmic Evolution, and a context for understanding 12/1/16 1
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current issues such as global warming, habitat destruction and loss of biodiversity, animal intelligence, and the search for planets and life elsewhere in the Cosmos. Required Reading : (1) Origins of Life in the Universe (OLU), R. Jastrow and M. Rampino, 2008 (Cambridge University Press, paperback).
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