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Renee Owens

Renee Owens

email: renee.owens@imperial.edu

alternate email: renee@wildlifezone.net

website:  http://faculty.imperial.edu/renee.owens




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 Welcome Students!

I am a conservation biologist and environmental scientist and have had the privilege of teaching subjects like Environmental Science, Botany, Tropical Ecology, Zoology, and Marine Biology here at IVC, Palomar College, SDSU, and Boston University.

However one of my favorite classes to teach is Environmental Science because it is so relevant to modern day life, and covers so many interesting topics, such as food, health, agriculture, energy, water, wildlife, and new technologies like biomimicry, to name just a few. I strongly believe it is one of the most important classes a student can take, whether they are a new or returning student.

In my photo I'm holding one of the hundreds green anacondas I caught and released for a conservation research project where I lived in a remote region of Venezuela. We received a grant from National Geographic to study this little-known species, and as a result our work was filmed by National Geographic, the Discovery Channel, Dateline NBC, and BBC. 

 I have studied many habitats and species, and worked in many places and for all kinds of groups ( Universities, conservation organizations, developers, government agencies, and private landowners) from California to Canada, New York to New Mexico, Arizona to Arkansas, and Guyana to the Galapagos. In other words there are MANY important, interesting, and exciting things you can do with a degree in the sciences!

My classes go on optional field trips to the Anza Borrego desert, Cuyamaca State Park in the mountains, or the Wildlife Refuge at the Salton Sea. Whether or not you can join us, I highly recommend getting outdoors in nature to explore all it has to offer. 

The following are photos of student field trips to Mission Trails County Park, Anza Borrego State Park, the Salton Sea, San Diego River, and Borrego Springs Hawkwatch.


 

 

 

 

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Sunday, 19 January 2014 16:41

Handouts


 


 

 

 

Wednesday, 23 October 2013 22:17

List of Environmental Topics

 List of environmental issues as they relate to the anthropogenic (human caused) effects on the natural environment. Read them ALL over before you decide on a topic for your research paper.

1. Ecosystems — Ocean acidification • Biodiversity loss• Biosecurity • Coral bleaching • Edge effect • Global warming • Habitat destruction • Habitat fragmentation • Illegal dumping

2. Fishing —Bottom trawling • By-catch • Cetacean (dolphin and porpoise) bycatch • Gillnetting • Illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing • Environmental effects of fishing • Overfishing • Marine pollution • Whaling

3. Forests — Clearcutting for development • Deforestation • Illegal logging • clearcutting for palm oil or other plantations

4. Natural resources — Resource depletion • Exploitation of natural resources

5. Pollution --- many topics:endocrine disruptors • bottled water • fracking • pesticide/herbicides• fragrances•cleansers

6. Water pollution — Acid rain • Eutrophication • Marine pollution • Ocean dumping • Oil spills • Thermal pollution • Urban runoff • Water crisis • Marine debris • Microplastics • Ocean acidification • Ship pollution • Wastewater • Fish kill • Algal bloom • Mercury in fish

7. Species — Habitat destruction • Holocene extinction • Invasive species • Poaching • Pollinator decline • Red-listed species • Species extinction • Wildlife trade • Genetic diversity

8. Climate change — Global warming • Global dimming • Fossil fuels • Sea level rise • Greenhouse gas • Ocean acidification • Shutdown of thermohaline circulation • Environmental impact of the coal industry • Urban Heat Islands

9. Conservation — Species extinction • Pollinator decline • Coral bleaching • Holocene extinction • Invasive species • Poaching • Endangered species

10. Energy — Energy conservation • Renewable energy • Efficient energy use • Renewable energy commercialization • Environmental impact of the coal industry • Environmental impact of hydraulic fracturing

11. Environmental degradation — Eutrophication • Habitat destruction • Invasive species • Soda lake

12. Environmental health — Air quality • Asthma • Environmental impact of the coal industry • Electromagnetic fields • Electromagnetic radiation and health • Indoor air quality • Lead poisoning • Sick Building Syndrome • Environmental impact of hydraulic fracturing

13. Genetic engineering — Genetic pollution • Genetically modified food

14. Industrial agriculture — Overgrazing • Irrigation • Monoculture • Environmental effects of factory farms and meat production  • Slash and burn • Pesticide drift • Patenting GM seeds •

15. Land degradation — Land pollution • Desertification

16. Soil — Soil conservation • Soil erosion • Soil contamination

17.Land use — Urban sprawl • Habitat fragmentation • Habitat destruction

18. Nuclear issues —• Nuclear power • Nuclear weapons • Nuclear and radiation accidents • Nuclear safety • High-level radioactive waste management

19. Overpopulation —Water crisis • Tragedy of the commons • Gender Imbalance in Developing Countries • Sub-replacement fertility levels in developed countries • Family planning

20. Ozone depletion — CFCs

21. Pollution — Environmental impact of the coal or oil industry • Nonpoint source pollution • Point source pollution • Light pollution • Noise pollution • Visual pollution • Pestidice / herbicide use

22. Water pollution — Environmental impact of the coal industry • Acid rain • Eutrophication • Marine pollution • Ocean dumping • Oil spills • Thermal pollution • Urban runoff • Water crisis • Marine debris • Microplastics • Ocean acidification • Ship pollution • Wastewater • Fish kill • Algal bloom • Mercury in fish • Environmental impact of hydraulic fracturing

23. Air pollution — Environmental impact of the coal industry • Smog • Tropospheric ozone • Indoor air quality • Volatile organic compound • Atmospheric particulate matter• Environmental impact of hydraulic fracturing

24. Resource depletion — Exploitation of natural resources • Overhunting • overfishing

25.Consumerism — Consumer capitalism • Over-consumption  • economic ‘growth’ philosophy vs conservation of resources

26. Fishing — Blast fishing • Bottom trawling • Cyanide fishing • Ghost nets • Illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing • Overfishing • Shark finning • Whaling

27. Logging — Clearcutting • Deforestation • Illegal logging

28. Mining — Acid mine drainage • Environmental impact of hydraulic fracturing • Mountaintop removal mining

29. Water (depletion) — Salton Sea • Colorado River • Aral Sea • Dead Sea• Lake Chad •water privatization • bottled water

30.Toxins — Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) • DDT • Endocrine disruptors • Dioxin • Toxic heavy metals • Environmental impact of the coal industry • Herbicides • Pesticides • Toxic waste • PCB • Bioaccumulation • Biomagnification • Environmental impact of hydraulic fracturing

 31. Waste — Electronic waste • Litter • Waste disposal incidents • Marine debris • Medical waste • Landfill • Leachate • Environmental impact of the coal industry • Incineration • Great Pacific Garbage Patch • Exporting of hazardous waste• Environmental impact of hydraulic fracturing • Recycling

 

 

Tuesday, 05 February 2013 16:19

Extra Credit

 

Wednesday, 12 September 2012 14:16

Power Point Lectures

Wednesday, 22 August 2012 14:19

Course Schedule