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2021-2022 Catalog

FYS 157 Islands and Isolation

Islands are, almost by definition, unique. While being temporary homes to an increasing number of tourists, they also harbor endemic biological oddities and are among the most fragile ecosystems on Earth. This seminar examines the situation of isolation across the fields of geology, evolutionary biology, human geography, and literature. Topics include the dynamics of isolated populations, the historical importance of islands, and the effects of isolation on culture and the human psyche.