Understanding and Managing for Resilient, Adaptable Social-Ecological Systems: Designing Sustainable Natural Resource Management Strategies for Systems Undergoing Change

Dennis Ojima, Shannon McNeeley

Description:This course will explore the conceptual and analytical frameworks, methods, and tools used to understand social-ecological systems in the context of climate variability and change. We will do this by exploring a set of natural resource case studies, and we will develop research plans to implement research on vulnerable communities and their natural resource assets. The intent of this course is to provide an interdisciplinary, integrated framework to address natural resource issues with a resilience-science based approach to deal climate driven transitions on ecosystem services and a more adaptive and sustainable management pathway. In working group and class discussions we will participate in a creative interdisciplinary activity to further understand and to apply the principles of resilience science and social-ecological system interactions to develop a framework for studying changing social ecological conditions affecting the sustainability of natural resources. Goal: The course goal is to explore useful frameworks that enable integrated analysis of social-ecological systems for natural management, which incorporate social adaptation and resilience principles to deal with climate and land use changes.. Purpose: Development of analytical frameworks, methods, tools, and research approaches which will lead to resilient social-ecological systems. These will incorporate concepts which lead to understanding how to manage systems through transitional changes of ecosystem services and climate impacts.

Section: 3
Credits: 2
Restrictions: Approval of Instructor
First Meeting: 2/5/2013
Meeting Times: TBD
Classroom: NESB B215
CRN: 10364
Cross Listed:
Enrollment Limit: 15
Background: Management of our natural resources in a sustainable manner is a growing challenge due to the complex nature of changing driving forces on and dynamics in social-ecological systems. New innovative solutions are needed to meet these societal challenges that will lead to sustainable natural resource use and managing for resilience under times of multiple changes.
Course Text: TBD
Instructor Contact Info:
      Dennis Ojima dennis.ojima@colostate.edu 1-1976
      Shannon McNeeley shannon.mcneeley@colostate.edu