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University of Colorado Boulder

The Big Stuff: Evolution and Ecology

University of Colorado Boulder via Coursera


In this course, we will explore how evolution works to generate new species, the wide variety of life on earth. We will also touch on the importance of biodiversity for the overall health of our planet, and for our well being as humans. Then we will discuss ecology and the interconnectedness of life and touch on one big ecological issue in today’s society, conservation.


  • The "E" Word
    • In this module, we'll explore evolutionary biology.
  • The Diversity of Life
    • Evolution produces the vast biodiversity we see on Earth. In this module, we'll explore what biodiversity is and why we need it on Earth.
  • The Interconnectedness of Life
    • In this module we'll explore ecology, or the study of the interconnectedness of life.
  • Questions of Conservation: Finding Balance
    • In this module, we'll apply principles of ecology to conservation and explore how the decisions we make everyday impact living things around us.

Taught by

Melanie Peffer


4.6 rating at Coursera based on 34 ratings

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