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.
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