Biosphere is among the most rigorously science-focused courses in the environmental studies department. Like many Rollins courses, it also builds connections among other disciplines.
“We have this tendency to remove ourselves from nature and think of ourselves as separate,” says Nodine. “But just like any other living thing on Earth, we are intimately tied to the natural world. We need clean water, clean air, food resources—you know, the same things every other living thing does. So it’s really important to look at it from an integrated standpoint.”
Nodine hopes this integrated approach will help students understand how biology and ecology relate to the things they’re learning in their non-science classes.
“Biosphere stands out from other science classes in that way,” she says. “We’re thinking about how these biological concepts apply to things like management, to applied social sciences, even to history.”