In this seminar, we will investigate the London, England-area Thames watershed and its associated concerns, like urban development, watershed management, aquatic species conservation, and habitat engineering and restoration. We will read various materials that will help us understand the history and use of the River Thames before we go to London. While in London, we will focus on London’s main watershed and its history and ecology. We will study the Lea River Valley (where the 2012 summer Olympics were located), the Fleet River, and various water-related constructions, such as Docklands, Regent’s Canal, and the Wildfowl and Wetlands Nature Reserve, each from historical and ecological standpoints. Emphasis will be on how humans have treated the watershed historically, from using the rivers as sewers and transportation links, to restoring its ecosystems, as is the current case in the Lea River Valley. Course readings will be a mix of cultural history, London newspaper archives, and scientific studies on riparian corridor management. You will keep a field journal in London and will write an experiential learning essay about how the field trip intersected with the readings we’ve discussed in the seminar. You’ll also write a 10-12 page research paper on one of the ecological issues witnessed in London and its significance.