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

Quarter: Winter
Day(s): Wednesdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Jan 12—Mar 16
Time: 7:00—9:30 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Jan 14
Units: 2
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $600
Instructor(s): Robert Siegel
Limit: 12
Class Recording Available: No
Status: Open
Please Note: Full schedule: Live Online class sessions: 10 Wednesdays, January 12 – March 16, 7:00 – 9:30 pm (PT); Optional in-person field trips will be scheduled after the course begins. See the syllabus for more information.
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Winter
Live Online(About Formats)
Wednesdays
7:00—9:30 pm (PT)
Date(s)
Jan 12—Mar 16
10 weeks
Refund Date
Jan 14
2 Units
Fees
$600
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Instructor(s):
Robert Siegel
Limit
12
Recording
No
Open
Please Note: Full schedule: Live Online class sessions: 10 Wednesdays, January 12 – March 16, 7:00 – 9:30 pm (PT); Optional in-person field trips will be scheduled after the course begins. See the syllabus for more information.
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
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 is geared toward local Bay Area students due to the field sessions. Field trip transportation will be the responsibility of the student. 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.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.