NCEAS Project 12584

Developing curricula and model systems for sustainability science

  • Jeannine M. Cavender-Bares
  • Stephen Polasky

ActivityDatesFurther Information
Meeting30th—31st August 2010Participant List  
Meeting14th—16th October 2011Participant List  
Meeting20th—23rd April 2012Participant List  

Abstract
Sustaining the systems that support life while meeting human needs represents one of the greatest challenges that we face in the 21st century. Sustainability science is a use-inspired science aimed at addressing this challenge. We propose a two-year distributed graduate seminar across six institutions to address core concepts in sustainability science and to develop model systems for advancement of theory and tools for sustainable management. The collaboration will benefit from interaction and synthesis across institutions and disciplines, the hallmark of NCEAS, and from the technical, data management and cyber-support that NCEAS can provide. Four key outcomes include 1) a curriculum and publically accessible wiki for sustainability science to provide a pedagogic foundation for the emerging field, 2) the development of model systems for sustainability science to promote rapid advances, 3) a synthesis of key insights from applying a sustainability science framework to these model systems, and 4) a series of team case studies including inclusive valuation of shifts in land-use and restoration to aid decision making.

TypeProducts of NCEAS Research
Presentations Cadena Salgado, Martin. 2012. Applying an analytical framework for sustainability science across contrasting biophysical, cultural, and institutional contexts. EcoSummit 2012, Columbus, Ohio, 30 September 2012 to 5 October 2012.
Presentations Cavender-Bares, Jeannine M. 2012. Applying an analytical framework for sustainability science across contrasting biophysical, cultural, and institutional contexts. EcoSummit 2012 Symposium, Columbus, Ohio, 1 October 2012 .
Presentations Cavender-Bares, Jeannine M. 2012. Innovations and lessons learned in distributed graduate education on sustainability science. Long Term Ecological Research National Science Foundation Symposium, Arlington, VA, 1 March 2012. (Online version)
Book Chapter Cavender-Bares, Jeannine M.; Heffernan, James; King, Elizabeth; Polasky, Stephen; Balvanera, Patricia; Clark, William. 2013. Sustainability and biodiversity. Edited by Levin, Simon Encyclopedia of Biodiversity. Academic Press. Oxford. Pages 71-84.