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Awesome Nature

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This course explores a wide range of topics related to nature and animals. The learning outcomes include understanding the evolution, behaviors, and unique characteristics of various species. Students will learn about animal adaptations, biodiversity, ecosystems, and the importance of conservation. The course covers a variety of individual skills such as identifying different species, understanding animal behaviors, and appreciating the interconnectedness of nature. The teaching method involves a series of lectures by experts in the field, each focusing on a specific aspect of nature. The course is intended for individuals interested in biology, zoology, ecology, environmental science, or anyone curious about the natural world.

Syllabus

How turtle shells evolved... twice - Judy Cebra Thomas.
Why are fish fish-shaped? - Lauren Sallan.
The surprising reasons animals play dead - Tierney Thys.
Why isn't the world covered in poop? - Eleanor Slade and Paul Manning.
Why are sloths so slow? - Kenny Coogan.
The evolution of animal genitalia - Menno Schilthuizen.
Meet the tardigrade, the toughest animal on Earth - Thomas Boothby.
Why do we harvest horseshoe crab blood? - Elizabeth Cox.
How do birds learn to sing? - Partha P. Mitra.
The weird and wonderful metamorphosis of the butterfly - Franziska Bauer.
Cannibalism in the animal kingdom - Bill Schutt.
A simple way to tell insects apart - Anika Hazra.
Why do animals form swarms? - Maria R. D'Orsogna.
The amazing ways plants defend themselves - Valentin Hammoudi.
The ferocious predatory dinosaurs of Cretaceous Sahara - Nizar Ibrahim.
The three different ways mammals give birth - Kate Slabosky.
Why do animals have such different lifespans? - Joao Pedro de Magalhaes.
How do animals experience pain? - Robyn J. Crook.
What’s so great about the Great Lakes? - Cheri Dobbs and Jennifer Gabrys.
Why do we kiss under mistletoe? - Carlos Reif.
Do we really need pesticides? - Fernan Pérez-Gálvez.
Why are there so many types of apples? - Theresa Doud.
How smart are orangutans? - Lu Gao.
How do animals see in the dark? - Anna Stöckl.
What is the biggest single-celled organism? - Murry Gans.
How a single-celled organism almost wiped out life on Earth - Anusuya Willis.
How North America got its shape - Peter J. Haproff.
The threat of invasive species - Jennifer Klos.
Can plants talk to each other? - Richard Karban.
Why do cats act so weird? - Tony Buffington.
Why is Mount Everest so tall? - Michele Koppes.
How do schools of fish swim in harmony? - Nathan S. Jacobs.
Why are there so many insects? - Murry Gans.
Why certain naturally occurring wildfires are necessary - Jim Schulz.
The most lightning-struck place on Earth - Graeme Anderson.
When will the next mass extinction occur? - Borths, D'Emic, and Pritchard.
How do we know what color dinosaurs were? - Len Bloch.
The science of snowflakes - Maruša Bradač.
Do animals have language? - Michele Bishop.
How smart are dolphins? - Lori Marino.
What happens when continents collide? - Juan D. Carrillo.
How does a jellyfish sting? - Neosha S Kashef.
How plants tell time - Dasha Savage.
Why is biodiversity so important? - Kim Preshoff.
The science of static electricity - Anuradha Bhagwat.
How do geckos defy gravity? - Eleanor Nelsen.
Where did Earth’s water come from? - Zachary Metz.
How parasites change their host's behavior - Jaap de Roode.
How we think complex cells evolved - Adam Jacobson.
How do dogs "see" with their noses? - Alexandra Horowitz.
The truth about bats - Amy Wray.
The hidden worlds within natural history museums - Joshua Drew.
Why elephants never forget - Alex Gendler.
Where do genes come from? - Carl Zimmer.
Feedback loops: How nature gets its rhythms - Anje-Margriet Neutel.
How do tornadoes form? - James Spann.
What's hidden among the tallest trees on Earth? - Wendell Oshiro.
The coelacanth: A living fossil of a fish - Erin Eastwood.
Inside the ant colony - Deborah M. Gordon.
A guide to the energy of the Earth - Joshua M. Sneideman.
How to speak monkey: The language of cotton-top tamarins - Anne Savage.
Attack of the killer algae - Eric Noel Muñoz.
How bees help plants have sex - Fernanda S. Valdovinos.
The colossal consequences of supervolcanoes - Alex Gendler.
The science of symmetry - Colm Kelleher.
How tsunamis work - Alex Gendler.
Nature's smallest factory: The Calvin cycle - Cathy Symington.
From the top of the food chain down: Rewilding our world - George Monbiot.
Poison vs. venom: What's the difference? - Rose Eveleth.
The Pangaea Pop-up - Michael Molina.
How to fossilize...yourself - Phoebe A. Cohen.
The popularity, plight and poop of penguins - Dyan deNapoli.
The loathsome, lethal mosquito - Rose Eveleth.
Bird migration, a perilous journey - Alyssa Klavans.
Cicadas: The dormant army beneath your feet - Rose Eveleth.
The Arctic vs. the Antarctic - Camille Seaman.
What's below the tip of the iceberg? - Camille Seaman.
Got seeds? Just add bleach, acid and sandpaper - Mary Koga.
Myths and misconceptions about evolution - Alex Gendler.
Vermicomposting: How worms can reduce our waste - Matthew Ross.
The game-changing amniotic egg - April Tucker.
Tracking grizzly bears from space - David Laskin.
Reasons for the seasons - Rebecca Kaplan.
Pruney fingers: A gripping story - Mark Changizi.
The brilliance of bioluminescence - Leslie Kenna.
How did feathers evolve? - Carl Zimmer.
Making sense of how life fits together - Bobbi Seleski.
How Mendel's pea plants helped us understand genetics - Hortensia Jiménez Díaz.
The simple story of photosynthesis and food - Amanda Ooten.
Where we get our fresh water - Christiana Z. Peppard.
Curiosity, discovery and gecko feet - Robert Full.
How life came to land - Tierney Thys.
Five fingers of evolution - Paul Andersen.
The Cockroach Beatbox.
Evolution in a Big City.
Symbiosis: A surprising tale of species cooperation - David Gonzales.
Sex Determination: More Complicated Than You Thought.
How a fly flies - Michael Dickinson.
The case of the vanishing honeybees - Emma Bryce.
Dead stuff: The secret ingredient in our food chain - John C. Moore.
What is dust made of? - Michael Marder.
Why don’t poisonous animals poison themselves? - Rebecca D. Tarvin.
What would happen if every human suddenly disappeared? - Dan Kwartler.
History through the eyes of a chicken - Chris A. Kniesly.
Why can't some birds fly? - Gillian Gibb.
Is fire a solid, a liquid, or a gas? - Elizabeth Cox.
Inside the killer whale matriarchy - Darren Croft.
Can animals be deceptive? - Eldridge Adams.
The sexual deception of orchids - Anne Gaskett.
How tall can a tree grow? - Valentin Hammoudi.
A brief history of dogs - David Ian Howe.
Why are earthquakes so hard to predict? - Jean-Baptiste P. Koehl.
The wild world of carnivorous plants - Kenny Coogan.
Turbulence: One of the great unsolved mysteries of physics - Tomás Chor.
The lovable (and lethal) sea lion - Claire Simeone.
How do crystals work? - Graham Baird.
The secret language of trees - Camille Defrenne and Suzanne Simard.
The mysterious origins of life on Earth - Luka Seamus Wright.
Mating frenzies, sperm hoards, and brood raids: The life of a fire ant queen - Walter R. Tschinkel.
Licking bees and pulping trees: The reign of a wasp queen - Kenny Coogan.
The bug that poops candy - George Zaidan.
No one can figure out how eels have sex - Lucy Cooke.
The big-beaked, rock-munching fish that protect coral reefs - Mike Gil.
Can the ocean run out of oxygen? - Kate Slabosky.
The fish that walk on land - Noah R. Bressman.
Who owns the "wilderness"? - Elyse Cox.
The most colorful gemstones on Earth - Jeff Dekofsky.
The world’s largest organism - Alex Rosenthal.
Why didn’t this 2,000 year old body decompose? - Carolyn Marshall.

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