Framing of ecosystem science and sustainability

Dennis Ojima

Description:This course will explore the scope of ecosystem science as basis for transitioning toward sustainability. Fundamentals of ecosystem sciences will discussed in light of current transitions in social-ecological systems. Concepts related to coupled natural and human systems, ecosystem structure and function, thresholds, resilience, adaptive capacity, etc will be explored through examples and readings. Students will explore these concepts through discussion and leading discussion on specific topics related such as primary production and human appropriation of NPP; the effects of N loading and limits; water, ecosystem services and society; and others. Discussions will look at how society can reshape its relationship to ecosystem services in ways that can lead to sustainability. Additional product will be compiling a bibliography on these topics

Section: 7
Credits: 1
Restrictions: none
First Meeting: 1/1/2012
Meeting Times: TBD Meeting times will be selected for a 2 hour block on selected dates. Dates: Jan 23/24, 30/31; Feb 20/21, 27; Mar 19/20; Apr 2/3, 9/10, 16/17, 23/24, 30/May1
Classroom:
CRN: 100001
Cross Listed: CRN 17053
Enrollment Limit: 15
Background: none
Course Text: none
Instructor Contact Info:
      Dennis Ojima dojima@nrel.colostate.edu (970) 491-1976