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
 

Professor Melinda Laituri Named Jefferson Science Fellow

Professor Melinda Laituri Named Jefferson Science Fellow Colorado State University Professor and Researcher Melinda Laituri has been selected as a 2014 Jefferson Science Fellow. In this position, Laituri will serve as a science adviser for U.S. foreign policy to the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development.
 
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Conservationists Crying Wolf? New Study Shows Yellowstone’s Ecosystem Dynamics More Complex than Trophic Cascade

Conservationists Crying Wolf? New Study Shows Yellowstone’s Ecosystem Dynamics More Complex than Trophic Cascade Since their reintroduction in Yellowstone National Park, wolves have been heralded in documentaries and conservation stories as the controversial savior of Yellowstone’s ecosystem. However, new research by ecologists at Colorado State University’s Warner College of Natural Resources proves that ...

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Congratulations to Our Fall 2013 Graduates

Students graduating with a Master's in Watershed Science are:
 
William Milligan
Jason Roudebush

Students graduating with a Bachelor's of Science in Watershed Science are:

Tyler Carleton
Ryan Monahan
Lakin Pullman
Austin Seback
Erik Skeie
Benjamin Von Thaden
Daniel Zewdu

Zachary Bodhane is graduating with ...

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