Ecosystems, whether at the scale of a planet, forest, or urban garden, involve tightly-coupled interactions between social and biophysical processes. Understanding the nature and properties of the resulting feedbacks has its roots in ecosystem science and environmental studies, fields where Dartmouth has a long tradition of excellence. Dartmouth has been a leader in ecosystem science since the initiation of the world-famous Hubbard Brook Ecosystem Studies in 1963 and was one of the first Ivy League institutions to create an independent Environmental Studies program in 1974.
The SEE track will provide students with a strong foundation in ecosystem science and interdisciplinary approaches to research on social-ecological systems. The goal of this track is to train students to integrate the theory and methods of social science with ecosystem science to understand, anticipate, and manage the coupled dynamics of humans and ecosystems. Accordingly, SEE promotes scholarship to guide transitions of social-ecological systems toward environmental, economic, and social sustainability. This encompasses research connecting ecology and ecosystem science with ecological economics, institutions and governance, decision science, political ecology, and other disciplines in the social sciences.
Structured coursework is a modest but important component of the EEES Graduate Program. See here for upcoming course offerings.