Welcome to Ecosystem Science and Sustainability

Ecosystems include the many processes of life that support and enrich humankind. These processes include interactions among organisms and species, the flow of energy and the cycling of matter, and the maintenance of diverse and complex communities of microbes, plants and animals.

Our responsibility is to understand the world’s ecosystems and the effect of human societies on ecosystem processes and their long-term sustainability. Research and education are central to that understanding, enhancing our ability to manage for the sustainability of ecosystems, societies and the biosphere.

Students will integrate the latest science into real-world decision-making and public policy, with the ultimate goal of managing our planet's natural resources – the air, water, land and biological diversity upon which all life depends – sustainably into the future.  The Department currently offers comprehensive undergraduate and graduate programs in the discipline of watershed science, as well as an undergraduate program in ecosystem science and sustainability.

... When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.  -Naturalist John Muir
 

2015 Woman of Vision

2015 Woman of Vision ESS affiliate faculty member Jill Baron has been named 2015 Woman of Vision by   Colorado Women of Influence -- congrats Jill! Thank you for your work at NREL, with ESS, and for championing women in science! The full article can be found here.

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Laituri encourages participation in Jefferson Science Fellowship

Laituri encourages participation in Jefferson Science Fellowship
Professor Melinda Laituri recently completed a year as a Jefferson Science Fellow in Washington D.C. working as a science advisor for U.S. Foreign policy to the US. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development.

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National Geographic BioBlitz

ESS students and affiliate faculty member, Dr. Gillian Bowser, participated in the National Geographic BioBlitz at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in May. Check out what they learned here.

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