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SCI 06 — Photographing Nature: Using a Camera to Study the Natural World

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Wednesdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Sep 23—Dec 2
Time: 7:00—9:30 pm (PT)
Drop Deadline: Sep 25
Units: 2
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $600
Instructor(s): Robert Siegel
Limit: 12
Status: Registration opens Aug 17, 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: No class on November 25. In addition, some of our refund deadlines have changed. See this course's drop deadline above and click here for the full policy.
Fall
Live Online
Wednesdays
7:00—9:30 pm (PT)
Date(s)
Sep 23—Dec 2
10 weeks
Drop By
Sep 25
2 Units
Fees
$600
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Instructor(s):
Robert Siegel
Limit
12
Registration opens Aug 17, 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: No class on November 25. In addition, some of our refund deadlines have changed. See this course's drop deadline above and click here for the full policy.
This course will utilize the idiom of photography to help students learn about nature, enhance their powers of observation, and better understand scientific concepts. The course builds upon the pioneering photographic work of Eadweard Muybridge (1830–1904), who used his camera to answer questions about human and animal locomotion. (Much of this work was funded by Leland Stanford Sr.) A secondary goal will be to discuss the grammar, syntax, composition, and style of nature photography in order to enhance the use of this medium as a form of scientific communication. Themes to be explored include change across time and space, taxonomy, habitat preservation, weather and climate change, species diversity, survival and reproductive strategies, ecological niches and coevolution, carrying capacity and sustainability, population densities, predator/prey relationships, open-space management, and the physics of photography. Assignments will have a photographic, a written, and an oral component.

This course utilizes photography for scientific observation. Students should have a DSLR or equivalent camera available for use.

Robert Siegel, Professor (Teaching) of Microbiology and Immunology, Woods Institute for the Environment, Program in Human Biology, and the Center for African Studies, Stanford

Robert Siegel has received numerous teaching awards, including the Walter J. Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching. He received an MD from Stanford and a PhD in molecular biology from the University of Colorado.