ENV 729b () / 2021-2022

Caribbean Coastal Development: Science and Policy

Credits: 3

Spring 2022: M,W, 10:30-11:50, Sage 41c


This seminar explores human-ecosystem interactions at the land-sea interface in the tropics, with Caribbean islands as the main study sites. Many tropical islands are undergoing rapid, uncontrolled development, placing severe local stress on several unique and vulnerable ecosystems types. In addition, human induced environmental changes on scales up to global also impose stresses. This course examines the normal functioning of these ecosystems, scientific methods to evaluate and characterize ecosystem condition and processes, how human activities interfere with natural cycles in biophysical systems, and what management and policy tools can be applied to reduce impacts.

Class enrollment is limited to 12, and priority will be given to YSE students, though undergrads are also eligible.  Preference will be given to students planning careers in either natural or social/policy sciences related to marine systems, land use and development, and nonpoint source pollution.  Other selection criteria will include (1) previous relevant coursework (undergrad and grad), (2) undergraduate major, (3) experience, (4) career goals, and other factors.
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