Location: Harvard University Center for Environment.

My research focuses on reconstructing past environments in north-central North America since the last glacial maximum (over the last ~20,000 years) by studying plant fossils (pollen and plant macrofossils) preserved in lake sediments. The objectives and implications of my research are:

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Dr. Libarkin is a Professor at Michigan State University with a joint appointment in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences and the Division of Science and Mathematics Education (DSME). In addition to ESPP, she is also affiliated with the Center for Research on College Science Teaching and Learning (CRCSTL) & MSU's Cognitive Science Program. Her work focuses primarily on geocognition, the way in which people perceive and understand the Earth. She is particularly interested in building interdisciplinary research partnerships to investigate issues of importance to climate and environmental science.

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Jianguo (Jack) Liu is a human-environment scientist and sustainability scholar. He is the Rachel Carson Chair in Sustainability and University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife.Dr. Liu is particularly keen to connect seemingly unconnected issues (e.g., divorce and environmental sustainability). His broad research interests include household-environment interactions, complexity of coupled human and natural systems (CHANS), sustainability science, China's environment, and globalization. He takes a holistic approach to addressing complex human-environmental challenges through systems integration (i.e., integrating multiple disciplines such as ecology and social sciences). Dr. Liu's projects include studying the complex interactions among people, panda habitat, and policies in China; and the International Network of Research on Coupled Human and Natural Systems (CHANS-Net).

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Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Michael McElroy
Spring 2017
Description: The climate of our planet is changing at a rate unprecedented in human history. Primarily responsible is the build-up of heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere, most notably carbon dioxide emitted in conjunction with the combustion of coal, oil and natural gas. Concentrations in the atmosphere of CO2 are higher now than at any time over at least the past 850,000 years, higher arguably than at any time since dinosaurs roamed the planet 50 million years ago. The course will provide a perspective on what we may expect in the way of future climate change if we fail to take action – more violent storms, extremes of precipitation, heat waves, pressures on food production, and an inexorable rise in sea level. It will survey the energy choices available should we elect to take action to minimize future damage to the climate system. Special attention will be directed to the challenges and opportunities confronting China and the US, the world’s two largest current emitters. The overall goal will be to develop a vision for a more sustainable environmental future, one in which energy is supplied not by climate-altering fossils fuels but rather by zero carbon alternatives such as wind, solar, hydro, geothermal, tidal and nuclear.
Course Notes: Students who have taken Science A-52 may not take this course for credit.
Recommended Prep: Students are expected to have a background of high school algebra and trigonometry.

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Michael D. Kaplowitz has published more than two books, five book chapters, and 20 peer-reviewed articles in journals including American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Duke Environmental Law and Policy Forum, Ecological Economics, Journal of the American Water Resources Association, and the Journal of Environmental Planning & Management. Kaplowitz is PI or co-PI on more than $2 million of research grants in the areas of ecosystem valuation, watershed management, and land use. His current research includes a nationwide examination of wetland mitigation banking, a study of economic values of Great Lakes coastal wetland ecosystems, an investigation of the nation's transfer of development rights programs, and some watershed-level studies of best management practices.

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Dr. Riley's research activities are in discovery and integration of human and environmental dimensions of wildlife management. Current projects include: human dimensions of wildlife health management in the US; human-wildlife interactions and how stakeholders perceive interactions as impacts; how individuals and communities develop capacity for living with wildlife; antecedents to compliance with wildlife policies and regulations; perceptions of hunting in Swedish wildlife management; and, factors affecting agency capacity for managing fish and wildlife in North America.Shawn's outreach efforts focus on improving wildlife management through: building capacity within resource agencies to make effective, sustainable decisions; professional development for agency personnel; program evaluation; and diffusion of techniques to integrate human and environmental dimensions of management.