Welcome! In this literature seminar (Fall 2018), we will discuss a suite of conservation controversies, exploring different sides of the scientific debate surrounding these issues and exploring feedbacks among science, policy, management, and public perceptions. The objective of the class is to encourage students to think critically about the science behind conservation issues and be aware of the complex manner in which conservation issues are communicated across scientists, decision makers, and the public.
The class will be divided into four topic sessions:
Aquaculture: trading off fishing for farming
Protected areas: the good, the bad, and the ugly
Conservation finance: tapping private capital for conservation
Renewable energy: hydropower expansion costs and benefits
Check the Updates page for current discussion topics and readings. Access the course syllabus here.