Bridging silos. Linking knowledge and practice.
Everything is connected and everything is complicated. That is especially true when it comes to today’s major environmental issues. From a changing climate to watersheds to supply chains to urban ecosystems, it’s impossible to get a grasp on a system without knowing where the science is firm and where it’s nuanced. At the same time, we can only effectively define problems and make informed decisions if we can look at these questions holistically. That means combining hydrology with policy, sustainability pledges with remote sensing, and sociology with ecology.
And that’s something we do every day here at F&ES. The school offers students unique exposure
to top experts across the environmental sciences while also preparing them to apply that knowledge to practice outside of academia. Through coursework
, independent research projects, field trips, and seminars, students and faculty regularly dive into these questions. Yet illustrating concepts with concrete examples and giving students the opportunity to think through how they would make decisions in the face of complexity and uncertainty is no easy feat.
In the spring of 2015, with the support of the Dean’s Office and Associate Dean of Professional Practice, Brad Gentry
, F&ES launched its Case Study Integration Initiative to provide dynamic resources that help the F&ES community look at coupled human-natural resource management questions from a variety of lenses.