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
Our new paper on Bright Spots for a Good Anthropocene is out!
Check out Andy Revkin's post about building a Good Anthropocene from the bottom up on the NYTimes mobile site DotEarth.
You can also watch Elena's talk about the Bright Spots project at the World Economic Forum meeting.
Congratulations to Anna Kusmer, winner of the 2016 Faculty Graduate Teaching Assistant award!
Congratulations to Jesse Rieb on passing his comprehensive exam!!
Congratulations Erin Crockett on winning an NSERC postgraduate scholarship to support his dissertation work!