Colgate University

First-Year Course Offerings — Fall 2022

FSEM 124   Conserving Nature
RestrictionsNo 2025 2024 2023
Core AreaScientific Perspectives

Faculty Profile for Professor McCay

Natural resources are things of worth that were not made by humans and include forests, streams, soils, and wild animals. Collectively, we call these things Nature. Students explore the natural environment of Upstate New York and the scientific and ethical basis for conserving nature. Students focus on deer overpopulation and exotic species as important regional topics in conservation. The course includes a series of local field trips to visit sites of geological, biological, and historical importance. Students engage in a hands-on assessment of biodiversity. The aim of this course is to better understand the place in which we live and establish a relationship with nature here. Students who successfully complete this seminar will satisfy the Scientific Perspectives on the World core requirement.

Timothy McCay is an ecologist who studies invasive species in forests of the Northeast. His current research with Colgate students focuses on “jumping worms” in the Adirondack Mountains.