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

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.

The Jefferson Science Fellows program was established in 2003 to ...

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Fassnacht joins Swiss-Spanish River Field Course along Ebro in Spain

Fassnacht joins Swiss-Spanish River Field Course along Ebro in Spain

Colorado State Ecosystem Science and Sustainability Professor Steven R. Fassnacht recently joined a University of Geneva Master program field course along the Ebro River in Eastern Spain. This 5-day field course explored a river system with a variety of uses and demands, to study a set of issue...

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CSU Warner College assists with Bioblitz to engage underserved audiences

Students from Colorado State’s Warner College and several other universities aided in the National Park Service's bioblitz at Bandelier National Monument. A bioblitz is a 24-hour, rapid species inventory that engages citizens to help identify and inventory species.


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