Although everyone said he is easy, I ended up a bad grade in this class. Compare to other classes, this class is relatively fewer readings. This class is mostly based on what Professor Gillespie is saying in class. There is no hw assignments, one midterm worths 30%, final 40% and a group project 25%, the remaining 5% is an Aquarium field trip. I am not a person that good at recongizing living things. And his test is easy for most of the people because you only have to recongize the types of fishes/trees/corals he talked about in class. I did really bad on this part and most of my points lost on this part in my midterm. I would recommend this class because he is funny in class and he is really helpful during office hour. He knew I did badly on midterm but he didn't ignore or give up his student. I appreciate Dr. Gillespie a lot!
Although the class was entitled "Humid Tropics," implying that the subject matter would cover a wide variety of habitats and ecosystems around the globe, Hindery confined his classes to the examination of the Chiquitano Forest of Bolivia and its devastation at the hands of oil companies. The fact that we didn't even cover what the humid tropics ARE disturbed me a bit. This class turned out to be a quarter-long discussion of Hindery's own graduate research and forum for his own ranting, and it shows - presentations are poorly organized and narrow in scope, frequently showing only a skewed perspective of the problem at hand. While the class is ultimately rather easy, the frustration of having to hear about that damn Chiquitano Forest every day may start to wear you out a little, especially when you were hoping to learn what the Registrar page said you'd be learning.