Human well-being depends on the benefits provided by ecosystems, such as fresh water, places to recreate, protection from natural disasters, and food. Ecosystems’ ability to produce these services is declining even as demand for them is increasing, with worrying implications for both people and the environment. We believe that humans can interact with their environment in a more sustainable manner through purposeful action guided by research and education; however we often lack critical information about how human actions affect multiple services. We study these human-environment interactions to improve ecosystem management. Our research fosters critical thinking about environmental systems in a setting where communication of ideas between diverse audiences is valued.
Recent Lab News
Congratulations to lab alumnus Genevieve Metson, who recently started a new position as Assistant Professor at Linköping University in the Theoretical Biology group of the Chemistry, Physics, and Biology Department. Her research will continue to focus on sustainable resource management with a focus on food, water, and cities. While there continues to be a special place for sustainable phosphorus management in her lab, but she is expanding, in collaboration with colleagues, to look at climate change, animal welfare, green infrastructure and other important sustainability issues for food and urban social-ecological systems. She will be taking new master's and PhD students starting in January 2018. If you are interested in joining her dynamic new group, get in contact with her at genevieve.metson "at" liu.se.
Congratulations to Anna Kusmer and Jillian Treadwell on graduation! (better late than never)
Congratulations to Marianne Falardeau on being named one of the top 30 under 30 leading the way on sustainability in Canada!! If you want to hear more about what Marianne is up to, check out her website, watch a video, or listen to a recent Radio-Canada interview.
Our new paper on Bright Spots for a Good Anthropocene is out!
You can also watch Elena's talk about the Bright Spots project at the World Economic Forum meeting.