Ecology & Environmental Science

Interdisciplinary look at issues pertaining to ecology and sustainability, without focusing on the scientific side.

Ecology & Environmental Studies program for teens

Program Highlights

Learn how complex environmental matters are delineated through scientific study, including field work, lab work, and analysis of data.
Explore how environmental matters are addressed through management plans and practices based on scientific study and evidence.
Analyze the connection between the earth’s natural resources and the impact of human activities on them.
Using case studies, research how environmental policy is developed and debated, and discover how science, management, and other factors determine policy.

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Session 1:
June 16, 2024 June 28, 2024

Session 3:
June 30, 2024 July 12, 2024

Session 5:
July 14, 2024 July 26, 2024


Berkeley, CA


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  • "I loved taking water quality samples and looking at it under a microscope. I learned so much and really like the hands on learning rather than just the lectures..."

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Course Overview

The Ecology & Environmental Science course integrates knowledge and methodologies from various biophysical and social science disciplines to understand and address complex environmental issues. With the recognition that environmental science is inherently interdisciplinary, the course will draw upon biology, chemistry, physics, and ecology, as well as psychology, communications, education, economics, and policy studies to understand humanity’s impact on the environment and the complexity that goes into developing truly sustainable solutions. This interdisciplinary approach is crucial for comprehensively studying and tackling the intricate web of interconnected environmental challenges, such as climate change, biodiversity loss, and pollution, which require a holistic understanding that transcends the boundaries of individual scientific fields.



Meet your instructor

Anaïs Voski

Ecology & Environmental Science Stanford University

Anaïs Voski is a PhD candidate in Environment & Resources (E-IPER) at Stanford University. She holds a MSc in Environmental Sciences from the Central European University and a Master of Philosophy in International Studies from the University of Cambridge.

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Hands-On Learning

Students will meet with habitat restoration experts from a local nonprofit working to protect and restore the San Francisco Bay. In the past, students have performed volunteer citizen monitoring of local waters through sample collection and practice identifying phytoplankton that were subject to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) target HAB organisms monitoring network. Students have also toured the historic UC Botanical Gardens, a 34-acre diverse landscape that is home to over 10,000 types of plants.

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