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By introducing students to undergraduate research, providing them with opportunities to learn more about study and research abroad, and helping them think about ways they might integrate international into their post-graduate lives, the seminar serves as the foundation for the Global Scholars program.

Biodiversity and Biodiversity Scholarship Around the World

In this course, we will explore biodiversity science. Readings will take us on an exploration of biodiversity (i.e., where are there many species and where are there few species?), biodiversity information (i.e., where is the information concentrated?), and biodiversity science (i.e., who is doing what with biodiversity?). Specifically, we will read and discuss papers about these topics, and we will talk about that work with students and scholars around the world. Overall, the goal is to gain a global appreciation of biodiversity, biodiversity information, and biodiversity science, and how all three do and do not work together.

Course Schedule: Tuesday and Thursday ▪ 10:00-11:15 a.m. ▪ 1031 Dole Human Development Center


A. Townsend Peterson
University Distinguished Professor
Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, KU Biodiversity Institute

Professor Peterson's work focuses on aspects of the geography of biodiversity, with a focus on tropical ornithology and systematics, distributional ecology, and disease transmission risk mapping. His group of students and colleagues is diverse and global. Professor Peterson has conducted research on several continents, including Africa, Asia, and North America.

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