This course will provide an examination of the various phases of research carried out in the environmental sciences field: planning the research project; choosing appropriate methods for data collection; analyzing data; and communicating research results. Students in environmental studies need to contend with the demands of many disciplines and hence have some unique concerns when preparing research proposals. Often their methodology requires a synthesis of various techniques. Thus they must aspire to be comprehensive while not sacrificing the analytical rigor of scientific inquiry. The course is writing-intensive and will focus on scientific writing and on the oral, written, and graphical presentation of data and research results.