New Zealand

Exploring the geothermal landscapes of Rotorua by bike
with Happy Ewe Cycle Tours
Witness earthquake damage and resilience in Christchurch
Students and professor atop a peak on Castle Hill
The Sewanee flag flies atop Mt. Ngauruhoe (a.k.a. Mt. Doom)
A kākā (Nestor meridionalis) turns to say hello
The class visits a Māori marae in Rotorua
The glacier-carved fjords of Milford Sound
make an impressive outdoor classroom

Sewanee in New Zealand

This edition of Sustainability and Global Environmental Change focuses on the biodiversity, natural resources, and natural hazards of New Zealand. The overarching theme of the class will be the tension between the natural resources that make New Zealand livable—both for human and nonhuman inhabitants—and the natural hazards that threaten sustained livelihoods there. The shifting paradigms presented by the historical changes from Māori dominance to British colonialism to today’s independent and multicultural New Zealand will provide a sociopolitical backdrop to the changing environment of the country.

The class is divided into two parts: a semester-long seminar that meets once per week to discuss readings relevant to the subject and objectives of the course (ENST 211), and a two-week field excursion that travels through both the North and South Islands of New Zealand (ENST 212). While traveling, we stay in small guesthouses and university dormitories. We visit museums, historical sites, and places of cultural importance. We summit volcanoes, trek through temperate rainforests, and hike across landscapes carved by glaciers or deposited during lava flows.

2016-17 Class Blog

2017-18 Class Blog

Applications for 2018-19 class will be accepted until April 6, 2018.

Contact Professor Fielding with any questions about the New Zealand class.
Office: Snowden 211B
Phone: 931-598-1815