Janet Morrison has a thing for plants. There are several in her office, she spends most of her day talking about them, and when she is not in the classroom, she is outdoors working with them. As the resident plant ecologist here at The College of New Jersey, Morrison has even devoted her career to them.
People and Places in the East African Rift is an interdisciplinary course taught by a physicist and a historian. The course is organized around one fundamental question: what is the relationship between physical landscapes and the human societies that inhabit them? The main goals are for students to understand how unique geological and environmental features came to exist, to analyze how these features affected the various human societies that came to inhabit the regions, and how these landscape features and different societies both evolved through time.