Curriculum Specializations

Human-Environment Interaction

Increasing rates of poverty, landlessness, and declining health are co-occurring with rapid shifts in land use, land cover, loss of biodiversity and global warming. These interconnected human/environmental changes represent a clear risk to the well being of individuals, communities and societies now and in the future. The Human Environment Interactions specialization draws on the expertise of GDPE Faculty in the social and environmental sciences to help students construct solutions to critical human/environmental problems. Students learn about the human aspects of environmental issues such as human drivers of environmental change and the feedbacks on individuals and social systems and their institutions, past, present and future. This is accomplished through material presented in classes, in research projects, theses and dissertation research and joint work with faculty on professional papers.

For more information, contact Kathy Galvin.

In addition to the program required courses for the PhD degree in Ecology, the following curriculum must be completed: