MEM
Specialization

Ecosystem Management and Conservation

Our Vision

This specialization gives students the knowledge and skills to become thoughtful stewards of the environment, to ensure that human and nonhuman species can coexist across landscapes. Stewardship ensures that ecosystems are resilient and thereby have enduring capacity to be productive.  It further means ensuring that species within ecosystems—the mindboggling variety of microbes and plants and animals—can fulfill their biological natures and functional roles as interdependent members of ecosystems in support of human and nonhuman life alike.

Program / Courses

specializations ECOSYSTEMS

Purpose and Scope

The way humans live on and develop landscapes is a critical determinant of the biotic make-up (biodiversity) and ensuing functioning of ecosystems. Ecosystems provide important supporting, provisioning, regulating and cultural services, such as climate regulation, carbon sequestration, food and fresh water production, flood regulation and recreational space. The growing awareness that ecosystem services are intimately linked to human health and wellbeing has focused attention on devising new ways to understand and manage humankind’s relationship with the natural world, in the interest of respecting and sustaining biodiversity and ecosystem functioning. This specialization gives students the knowledge and skills to become thoughtful stewards of the environment, to ensure that human and nonhuman species can coexist across landscapes. Stewardship ensures that ecosystems are resilient and thereby have enduring capacity to be productive.  It further means ensuring that species within ecosystems—the mindboggling variety of microbes and plants and animals—can fulfill their biological natures and functional roles as interdependent members of ecosystems in support of human and nonhuman life alike.    
 
This specialization provides a pathway for building student expertise to develop the scientific, cultural, ethical, financial and political means to conserve biological diversity and sustain ecological functions and services across landscapes.  Students will become facile at navigating the inherent complexity that comes from humans and the natural world being entwined as socio-ecological systems. The specialization will deepen student understanding of the natural, social, and political scientific principles that explain how socio-ecological systems function. Students will gain appreciation of the cultural, ethical and economic considerations that shape society’s values about nature. They will gain skills and knowledge to conduct land use planning to enable humans and biodiversity to coexist across a wide spectrum of land uses from wilderness, to farm and forest, to urban rural.  The specialization will prepare students for a breadth of career options, including Federal agencies (e.g. Fish & Wildlife Service), state and local government, stewards for land trusts, environmental conservation non-profits (e.g. Defenders of Wildlife, The Nature Conservancy), advocacy, real estate development, and land management and policy organizations with interests in environmental law and planning, and environmental consulting firms.

Specialization Coordinator: Mark Bradford

Core

 Two courses required.
 

Course 1

Required for all Ecosystem students.
Course Fall 2021 Spring 2022 Fall 2022 Spring 2023
ENV 602
Ecosystems and Landscapes
Bradford
M,W 1:00-2:20
  Bradford  
 

Course 2

Choose one of these three courses.
Course Fall 2021 Spring 2022 Fall 2022 Spring 2023
ENV 642
Environmental Justice/Climate Justice
  Torres
  Tentative
ENV 764
Sociology of Sacred Values: Modernity, Ecology, and Policy
Farrell
Th 8:00-10:50
  Farrell  
ENV 770
Western Lands and Communities Field Clinic: Research to Practice
  Farrell
  Farrell
 

Elective

Four required courses. Students must take at least one course from each of the following four bins:
 

Social Science Principles

Course Fall 2021 Spring 2022 Fall 2022 Spring 2023
ENV 573
Urban Ecology for Local and Regional Decision Making
  Grove
Grove  
ENV 605
Environmental Risk Communication
Schwarz
Th 2:30-5:20
  Schwarz  
ENV 618
Anthropology of Smallholder Agriculture in Developing Countries
Carpenter
W 9:00-11:50
         
ENV 619
Philosophical Environmental Ethics
Latham
Tu,Th 11:35-12:50
         
ENV 631
Poverty, Environment and Inequality
          Tentative
ENV 685
Engaging Landholders and Communities in Conserving and Restoring Tropical Forest Landscapes
  Tentative
  Tentative
ENV 742
Fundamentals of Working with People
  DeCew
  DeCew
ENV 759
Power, Knowledge, and the Environment: Social Science
Dove
M 1:00-3:50
  Dove  
ENV 826
Foundations of Natural Resource Policy and Management
Clark
Tu 2:30-5:20
  Clark
Tentative
 
ENV 839
Power in Conservation
  Carpenter
  Carpenter
ENV 951
Strategic Environmental Communication
  Leiserowitz
Leiserowitz Leiserowitz
 

Natural Science Principles

Course Fall 2021 Spring 2022 Fall 2022 Spring 2023
ENV 629
North American Drylands: Ecology and Land Use
          Lauenroth
ENV 646
Foundations of Agriculture and Environment
Wood
W 1:00-3:50
  Wood
Tentative
 
ENV 659
The Practice of Silviculture: Principles in Applied Forest Ecology (Friday field trips)
  Ashton
  Ashton
ENV 713
Coastal Ecosystems
        Anisfeld  
ENV 723
Wetlands Ecology, Conservation & Management
Freidenburg
M,W 1:00-2:15
  Freidenburg  
ENV 738
Wildlife Movement Ecology
Harris
Tu,Th 1:00-2:20
         
ENV 744
Conservation Science and Landscape Planning
  Schmitz
  Tentative
ENV 752
Ecology and Conservation of Tropical Forests
        Comita
Tentative
 
 

Quantitative Analysis

Course Fall 2021 Spring 2022 Fall 2022 Spring 2023
ENV 603
Environmental Data Visualization & Communication
Queenborough
M 9:00-11:50
    Queenborough
ENV 617
Real World Environmental Data Science
Grewal
Tu 2:30-5:20
         
ENV 753
Regression Modeling of Ecological and Environmental Data
Gregoire
M,W 10:30-11:50
  Gregoire  
ENV 755
Modeling Geographic Space
  Tomlin
  Tomlin
ENV 756
Modeling Geographic Objects
Tomlin
Th 1:00-3:50
  Tomlin  
ENV 762
Applied Math for Environmental Studies (AMES):Foundations for Measuring and Modeling Environmental and Socio-environmental Systems
        Fenichel  
ENV 781
Applied Spatial Statistics
  Gregoire
  Gregoire
ENV 795
Nature as Capital: Merging Ecological and Economic Models
          Fenichel
ENV 804
Economics of Environmental & Natural Resource Management
Mendelsohn
M,W 10:30-11:20
  Mendelsohn  
 

Management and Policy

Course Fall 2021 Spring 2022 Fall 2022 Spring 2023
ENV 677
Ecological Restoration
          Duguid
ENV 692
Science and Practice of Temperate Agroforestry
Orefice
M,W 2:30-3:50
  Orefice  
ENV 760
Conservation in Practice: An International Perspective
  Vedder
  Vedder
ENV 767
Building a Conservation Toolkit: From Project Design to Evaluation
  Vedder
  Vedder
ENV 817
Urban, Suburban, and Regional Planning Practice
Kooris
Tu 4:00-6:50
  Kooris
Tentative
 
ENV 819
Strategies for Land Conservation
  Gentry
  Gentry
ENV 820
Land Use Law and Environmental Planning
  Shansky
  Shansky
ENV 824
Environmental Law and Policy
Klee
M,W 10:30-11:50
  Klee  
ENV 835
Seminar on Land Use Planning
Bacher
W 10:30-11:50
  Bacher  
ENV 835E
Seminar on Land Use Planning (Online)
  Bacher
  Bacher
ENV 977
Nature Based Carbon Solutions in the Urban Realm: The Yale Campus as a Case Study
Schmitz
Tu 9:00-11:50