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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Remembering Watershed Professor Freeman Smith

Remembering Watershed Professor Freeman Smith

A group of colleagues, family, and admirers gathered to remember Watershed Science Professor Freeman Smith and commemorate the planting of a Colorado blue spruce in his honor on Earth Day, April 22, 2015. 

 

“Freeman was a teacher, mentor, and friend,” recalled Professor John Stednick. ...

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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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