Undergraduate classes

Conservation and Sustainability. In this new course, which will be offered for the first time in Spring 2015, we will consider how biodiversity conservation goals can be achieved in “working landscapes”. First we will discuss classic conservation approaches for conserving wildlife in protected areas, and then move on to a variety of strategies for conserving wildlife while working towards sustainable use in the working lands matrix that surrounds protected areas. We will consider a spectrum of land uses, including farming, ranching, forestry, fisheries and hunting.

Graduate classes

ESPM 277. Advanced Topics in Conservation Biology.

Offered in alternate years.
We read a mixture of foundational and recent papers covering a wide range of topics within Conservation Biology, including protected areas, restoration and ecosystem services, but with a focus on conservation in the working landscape. Students give a lecture, lead a discussion and write a review essay in the style of Trends in Ecology and Evolution (TREE) on a conservation biology topic of their choice. They also provide peer review on other students’ essays.

ESPM 277. Conservation in Working Landscapes. syllabus 2014
ESPM 277 Starter reading list 2014

ESPM 226. Interdisciplinary Food and Agriculture.

Offered in alternate years. Co-taught. We explore the ecological, social, and economic resilience inherent in different forms of agriculture, from highly diversified, agroecological farming systems to industrialized agriculture. Students give a lecture, lead a discussion, and participate in a group project.


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