This interdisciplinary seminar course focuses 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. The course primarily consider smodern 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. It addresses natural resource and environmental issues from ecosystem and policy perspectives. Through case studies, readings, class discussions, and knowledge construction, students gain deep knowledge of ecosystem ecology and management policies and approaches. Students 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 interdisciplinary minor or the breadth requirement of the Humanities track.