Dr. Heather Reynolds’s course BIOL-L 326 – Biodiverse-City! The Art & Science of Green Infrastructure examines the importance of and ways to design cities to be better for communities and the environment. With a strong belief in the power of community-engaged learning, Reynolds explains that the course is centered around engaging with nature outside of the classroom through working with Bloomington community partners.
An interview with Dr. Reynolds, an associate professor in the Department of Biology, is below.
Why is it important for students to take this course? What knowledge or skills do you hope they gain?
Dr. Reynolds: Biodiverse-City! engages students in the critically important question of making cities more sustainable and resilient. Students will gain knowledge and skills related to greening cities, including analysis of ecosystem structure and function, applied science, ways of valuing nature, and planning green infrastructure.
What, to you, is the most interesting aspect of this course?
Dr. Reynolds: Examining urban nature through the lens of ecology and social-ecological systems science is endlessly fascinating, fun, and hopeful!
What, if anything, do you learn from teaching it?
Dr. Reynolds: Biodiverse-City! gives me an opportunity to learn about the latest research and policy focused on making cities greener, more functional places to live.
What type of students would you encourage to take this course?
Dr. Reynolds: Students who love getting outdoors, enjoy interdisciplinary topics like social-ecological systems science, and who appreciate opportunities to apply their knowledge to real world projects that help to spread awareness about the value of greenspace.
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