ENVS 220: Environmental Methods

In Environmental Analyses (ENVS – 220) I am working on a broad range of instrumental tools I can use in my ENVS Major.  This includes conducting environmental research, designing my DS multisite, and establishing an Area of Interest

Area of Interest: A large portion of this course consisted of me working on my area of interest.  This is my concentration as a double major in ENVS, which means I have a focus that I’m investigating in environmental studies, but don’t need to take four proposed extra courses because I already am receiving a range of knowledge in another discipline (art).  At first my concentration was focused more on land art in aquatic ecosystems, but throughout the semester I refined it to be an exploration of art on frontiers.  Click here to see my Area of Interest page and here to see my Area of Interest posts.

Quantitative Data Labs: In ENVS 220 we practiced a number of skills related to quantitative data.  This included labs where we got acquainted with sources such as the UNEP database, learned to work with statistics, documented microclimate data, practiced making graphs and learned the basics of how to use GIS programs to interpret data spatially.

Qualitative Data Labs: During the second half of the semester before my 220 class started out final projects, we worked on methods of analyzing qualitative data.  This included narrative analysis and interviews.  For narrative analysis, the class looked at Wangari Maathai’s nobel prize speech for her work with Greenbelt.  My lab group analyzed how she utilized empathy in her speech.  To practice interviewing, my lab group interviewed 3 seniors on their perspectives on the Cascadia Earthquake.

Final Project: The last five weeks of ENVS 220 my lab group conducted a research project on forestry and Ireland.  We were interested in what drives certain forestry practices and what the priorities were in Forest Management in this country.  In this lab we had the opportunity to practice both quantitative and qualitative methods of research.  Here is a link to the landing page for this project, and here is the link to my posts for this project.

Reflective Posts: Some of my posts for this class were not for specific labs, projects or my Area of Interest, but were meant to reflect on a particular event.  These posts were opportunities to think more deeply about environmental topics that did not necessarily pertain directly to the work I was doing in class.  Writing a post for the environmental symposium was especially beneficial.  The events I went to were very informative, and writing about them gave me the opportunity to flesh out all that I had just learned.

Concept Maps: During every project, lab and assignment in ENVS 220, my class was consistently asked to think deeply about the different actors and processes involved in the topic we were delving into.  This included not just recognizing what they were, but which ones were most important, how different actors and processes related to one another, and what the significance of these actors and processes were.  One of the main ways we practiced this was by making concept maps.  You can also see my lab groups concept map for our final project on Irish Forestry on our Situated Context page.

Here’s a link to all of my posts for this class.