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New Fall Course: Ecological and Social Systems for Sustainable Development SDEV W3330


This exciting new course provides an overview of the complex relationships between ecological and social systems and will be taught by Professor Ruth DeFries, Co-director of the Undergraduate Program in Sustainable Development; Denning Family Professor of Sustainable Development; and Professor, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology. The course focuses on the multiple perspectives (environmental, social and economic) required to understand and develop solutions to problems in sustainable development, and three current topics central to Sustainable Development: conservation of biodiversity, payments for ecosystem services, and the ecology of food production.

Professor DeFries looks forward to teaching this course for the first time: “All problems in sustainable development need to be approached from multiple perspectives on social, economic, and ecological causes and consequences. This class will bring together these perspectives. A field trip to explore the ecosystem services provided by the Catskills watershed for the city of New York will be a particularly fun part of the class this year.”