Saving Biodiversity in the Anthropocene

For those who dream of saving the planet…but aren’t quite sure where to begin

Lowcountry marsh 

Saving Biodiversity in the Anthropocene
An Honors College Summer Institute course

Who teaches the course? Professor Chris Freeman, marine invertebrate ecologist, coral reef researcher, sponge aficionado
When is the course? June 21 - June 25, 2021
What’s the course format? In person, exploring the local marine and terrestrial ecosystems in and around Charleston

There is so much more to Charleston than history and hospitality. Beyond the fancy hotels, classical architecture, and world-class restaurants you’ll find a vibrant ecosystem of biodiverse organisms that have been supporting life in the lowcountry for millennia.

This course provides students with firsthand access to the biodiversity of the Charleston-area lowcountry, and introduces them to the tools and skills necessary to help make sure it survives for centuries to come.

The class is structured around daily field trips to the Grice Marine Laboratory, Stono Preserve, local salt marshes and other impacted areas in and around Charleston. Students will learn about the evolutionary processes of local organisms and the critical role they play in supporting the lowcountry’s unique ecosystems. Students will also discover ways that humans are impacting these ecosystems, along with what can be done to reduce these impacts and help us coexist with all our biodiverse neighbors.

This summer, venture off the beaten path to gain real-world field experience, sharpen your advocacy skills, and help preserve the lowcountry for future generations. Apply today.

Field Work (snake)