Thursdays, 9:40–11:05, Mar. 29–May 17
Instructor: Barbara Crain
Much of the history of the world is the story of migration. For example, terns fly thousands of miles; whales swim long distances from their breeding grounds to feeding grounds; and humans have spread to the four corners of the world from their cradle in Eastern Africa. How do animals navigate these thousands of miles? What are the economic and biological drivers of animal and human migration? How has the migration of modern times created problems of disease, political turmoil, and human trafficking? This course explores the causes and means of migration, and many of the consequences human migration has had and will have on the natural world.
Barbara Crain holds an MA in geography from the University of Heidelberg, Germany, and an MS in environmental science from Johns Hopkins University and currently is an associate professor at NOVA. She has always been fascinated with people, their way of life, biology, and geography.