Seminar in Ecosystem Services

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General information

Class meets from 1:00-2:30 on Mondays in TLS 313. The first half hour is presentation followed by 50 min of discussion led by a student. Readings are assigned ahead of time and are selected to provide background and to promote discussion of key issues.

This course is for 2 credits. In addition to class participation, all students are required to write a research proposal. The outline of the proposal is due on April 14 and the proposal draft is due on April 28. The proposal should describe a research project designed to investigate ecosystem services in an ecosystem of your choice.


A class schedule is posted here. Each presenter is expected to give a 30-40 min presentation at the beginning, which will provide a conceptual overview of the topic and stimulate questions for class discussions. Questions can be raised during the presentation or after—just let us know what you prefer to do.

Class participants can post readings for their topics or can send them to Robin to post.

Week Who Topic Reading Notes
26 Jan Robin Chazdon A History of the Concept of Ecosystem Services
4 Feb Jonathan Glenn Biodiversity and Ecosystem Function
11 Feb Benjamin Plourde Definitions of ecosystem goods and services Boyd & Banzhaf 2007
18 Feb Zbigniew Grabowski Case studies from the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment
25 Feb Logan Senack Case studies: CSIRO Ecosystem Services Project
3 March Bianca Lopez Ecosystem services; agriculture
10 Mar no class
17 Mar Deiba Khan-Bureau An overview of hydrologic services
24 Mar Jenica Allen Global conservation of biodiversity and ecosystem services
31 Mar Steven Ferketic Ecosystem services: tropical forests
7 Apr Leslie Bandy Ecosystem services: urban areas
14 Apr Holly Drunkuth Conservation planning for ecsystem services
21 Apr Logan Senack Effects of climate change on ecosystem services
28 Apr Robin Chazdon Synthesis and new directions