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

Dan Binkley honored with Wallenberg Professorship

Dan Binkley honored with Wallenberg Professorship The Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry has named ESS Professor Dan Binkley as the holder of the 2015 KSLA Wallenberg professorship. Professor Binkley will be spending the Spring 2015 semester in the Department of Forest Ecology and Management at the Swedish University of Agricultural Scienc...

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The largest global change you’ve never heard of

The largest global change you’ve never heard of When discussing climate change and its causes, most people think of carbon dioxide. But are there other, less well-known factors that could be causing just as much damage to our environment?  Find out more from the new director of the North American Nitrogen Center (and ESS affiliate faculty me...

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New Master’s Degree in Greenhouse Gas Management and Accounting

New Master’s Degree in Greenhouse Gas Management and Accounting As industries from agriculture to manufacturing work to confront climate change issues – a new job market is emerging for professionals who can accurately quantify and reduce greenhouse gas emissions of businesses. To help train people for these careers, Colorado State University has launched a ne...

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