Humans rely on forest ecosystems for crucial resources like water and timber. However, human use of forests has long been unsustainable, threatening ecosystems with species extinction and long-term environmental shifts as a result of climate change. This course focuses on the science behind the determined capacities of different ecosystems, including studies on desertification and extinction. In addition to providing a scientific background on ecosystems, this course presents perspectives from communities who rely on specific ecosystems and how responsible use of natural systems is necessary for the future.
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Undergraduate and graduate students in environmental fields, practitioners in forestry and conservation, and sustainable development practitioners.
To gain a scientific and human understanding of ecosystems and their importance.