This interdisciplinary course will focus on developing a scientific understanding of renewable natural resources such as fisheries and forests and how resources are then used, overused, managed and conserved by humans. We will primarily consider modern methods of resource management, including adaptive and ecosystem-based management. The course builds upon knowledge gained in the foundation courses of Anthropology, Biology, or Environmental Studies. We will address natural resource and environmental issues from an ecosystem and a policy perspective. Through case studies, readings, class discussions, and knowledge construction, students will gain deep knowledge of ecosystem ecology and management policies and approaches. Students will then apply their knowledge to identify management principles that are consistent with a more holistic ecosystem approach and develop a case study of one natural resource and how it is managed.
Satisfies depth or breadth course requirement in Natural or Social Science Track of the Environmental Studies major or concentration.