MEM
Specialization

Ecosystem Management and Conservation

Our Vision

This specialization gives students the knowledge and skills to become thoughtful stewards of the environment, to ensure that human and nonhuman species can coexist across landscapes. Stewardship ensures that ecosystems are resilient and thereby have enduring capacity to be productive.  It further means ensuring that species within ecosystems—the mindboggling variety of microbes and plants and animals—can fulfill their biological natures and functional roles as interdependent members of ecosystems in support of human and nonhuman life alike.

Program / Courses

specializations ECOSYSTEMS

Purpose and Scope

The way humans live on and develop landscapes is a critical determinant of the biotic make-up (biodiversity) and ensuing functioning of ecosystems. Ecosystems provide important supporting, provisioning, regulating and cultural services, such as climate regulation, carbon sequestration, food and fresh water production, flood regulation and recreational space. The growing awareness that ecosystem services are intimately linked to human health and wellbeing has focused attention on devising new ways to understand and manage humankind’s relationship with the natural world, in the interest of respecting and sustaining biodiversity and ecosystem functioning. This specialization gives students the knowledge and skills to become thoughtful stewards of the environment, to ensure that human and nonhuman species can coexist across landscapes. Stewardship ensures that ecosystems are resilient and thereby have enduring capacity to be productive.  It further means ensuring that species within ecosystems—the mindboggling variety of microbes and plants and animals—can fulfill their biological natures and functional roles as interdependent members of ecosystems in support of human and nonhuman life alike.    
 
This specialization provides a pathway for building student expertise to develop the scientific, cultural, ethical, financial and political means to conserve biological diversity and sustain ecological functions and services across landscapes.  Students will become facile at navigating the inherent complexity that comes from humans and the natural world being entwined as socio-ecological systems. The specialization will deepen student understanding of the natural, social, and political scientific principles that explain how socio-ecological systems function. Students will gain appreciation of the cultural, ethical and economic considerations that shape society’s values about nature. They will gain skills and knowledge to conduct land use planning to enable humans and biodiversity to coexist across a wide spectrum of land uses from wilderness, to farm and forest, to urban rural.  The specialization will prepare students for a breadth of career options, including Federal agencies (e.g. Fish & Wildlife Service), state and local government, stewards for land trusts, environmental conservation non-profits (e.g. Defenders of Wildlife, The Nature Conservancy), advocacy, real estate development, and land management and policy organizations with interests in environmental law and planning, and environmental consulting firms.

Specialization Coordinator: Mark Bradford

Core

 Two required courses.
Course Fall 2020 Spring 2021 Fall 2021 Spring 2022
ENV 602
Ecosystems and Landscapes
Bradford
M,W 8:00-9:20
  Bradford  
ENV 764
Nature, Rationality, and Moral Politics
        Farrell  
 

Elective

Four required courses. Students must take at least one course from each of the following four bins:
 

Scientific Principles 1

Course Fall 2020 Spring 2021 Fall 2021 Spring 2022
ENV 573
Urban Ecology for Local and Regional Decision Making
Grove
Tu 5:00pm-7:50pm
  Grove
Tentative
 
ENV 605
Environmental Risk Communication
Schwarz
Tu,Th 3:00-4:20
  Schwarz
Tentative
 
ENV 743
Strategic Environmental Communication
  Leiserowitz
  Tentative
ENV 759
Power, Knowledge, and the Environment: Social Science
Dove
M 9:00-11:50
  Dove  
ENV 826
Foundations of Natural Resource Policy and Management
  Clark
Clark  
ENV 839
Social Science of Conservation and Development
Carpenter
Th 10:00-12:50
  Carpenter  
 

Scientific Principles 2

Course Fall 2020 Spring 2021 Fall 2021 Spring 2022
ENV 629
North American Drylands: Ecology and Land Use
  Lauenroth
       
ENV 646
Foundations of Agriculture and Environment
Wood
Tu 10:00-12:50
  Wood
Tentative
 
ENV 659
The Practice of Silviculture: Principles in Applied Forest Ecology (Friday field trips)
  Ashton
  Ashton
ENV 660
Forest Dynamics
Duguid
Tu,Th 10:00-11:20
         
ENV 713
Coastal Ecosystems
Anisfeld
M,W 3:00-4:20
         
ENV 723
Wetlands Ecology, Conservation & Management
Freidenburg
M,W 1:00-2:15
  Freidenburg  
ENV 744
Conservation Science and Landscape Planning
          Schmitz
ENV 752
Ecology and Conservation of Tropical Forests
        Comita  
 

Quantitative Analysis

Course Fall 2020 Spring 2021 Fall 2021 Spring 2022
ENV 603
Environmental Data Visualization & Communication
  Marlon
  Queenborough
ENV 753
Regression Modeling of Ecological and Environmental Data
Gregoire
M,W 10:00-11:20
  Gregoire  
ENV 755
Modeling Geographic Space
  Tomlin
  Tomlin
ENV 756
Modeling Geographic Objects
Tomlin
Tu 10:00-12:50
  Tomlin  
ENV 762
Applied Math for Environmental Studies (AMES):Foundations for Measuring and Modeling Environmental and Socio-environmental Systems
Fenichel
M,W 1:00-2:20
  Fenichel  
ENV 781
Applied Spatial Statistics
  Gregoire
  Gregoire
ENV 804
Economics of Environmental & Natural Resource Management
Mendelsohn
M,W 10:30-11:20
    Mendelsohn
 

Management and Policy

Course Fall 2020 Spring 2021 Fall 2021 Spring 2022
ENV 760
Conservation in Practice: An International Perspective
  Vedder
  Vedder
ENV 767
Building a Conservation Toolkit: From Project Design to Evaluation
  Vedder
  Vedder
ENV 817
Urban, Suburban, and Regional Planning Practice
Kooris
W 5:00-7:50
  Kooris  
ENV 819
Strategies for Land Conservation
  Gentry
  Gentry
ENV 820
Land Use Law and Environmental Planning
  Shansky
  Tentative
ENV 824
Environmental Law and Policy
Klee
Tu,Th 10:00-11:20
  Klee
Tentative
 
ENV 835
Seminar on Land Use Planning
Bacher
W 10:00-11:20
  Bacher  
ENV 835E
Seminar on Land Use Planning (Online)
  Bacher
  Bacher