This course is designed to prepare future practitioners in evidence-based conservation of biological diversity. As a context for conservation actions, we critically review what is known about the causes of current biodiversity loss and the likely consequences of that loss for ecosystem functions and services.
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Action-based learning + impact
I went into SEAS expecting to become an environmental economist and came out much more than that. Without the tools and perspectives I gained through coursework in political analysis and negotiation and mediation, I very much doubt I would be as comfortable in the boundary-spanning role I inhabit now.”
Prior to SEAS, I didn’t know that agroecology (sustainable farming that works with nature) even existed, but once I learned the word and the meaning behind it, I felt like it perfectly articulated what I wanted to work on all along. I am excited to apply the lessons I’ve learned through my excellent education to ecosystems that are foundational to my identity.”
I chose SEAS first for its world-class interdisciplinary curriculum, and second for the warm, welcoming community. In the Ecosystem Science and Management track I was able to build on my scientific understanding of global change, but the opportunity to relate these issues to policy and management has been invaluable.
Ecosystem Science and Management Careers
Jonathan T. Overpeck
Samuel A. Graham Dean; William B. Stapp Collegiate Professor of Environmental Education; Professor, Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering; Professor, Earth and Environmental Sciences
The hallmark of the SEAS master’s program is its interdisciplinary focus. This focus can be extended even further through the pursuit of a dual degree. Because the school is part of one of the greatest research universities in the world, there are many options. Each natural resources and environment field of study provides an excellent foundation for earning a dual degree.