Teaching

Current Courses

NRES 325: Natural Resource Policy and Management (Spring 2018 and on-going)

This course explores policy processes and institutions relating to the allocation, utilization, and preservation of natural resources. It considers conceptual models of policy processes, and examines both historical examples and current issues. Empirical examples are drawn primarily from the United States but include cases from countries around the world.

Recent syllabus here.

NRES 423: The Politics of International Conservation and Development (Fall 2015 and on-going)

The problem of how to conserve the earth’s rich biological heritage while enhancing the well-being of some of the world’s poorest people stands as one of the critical challenges of our time. This course examines this complex issue using the lens of political science and related cross-cutting fields such as political ecology and common property. It demonstrates how insights and approaches from these areas of scholarship can help understand and address the twin problems of biodiversity loss and human poverty in the countries of Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Case examples focus on forest and wildlife conservation and management. This seminar-style course is designed for graduate and advanced undergraduate students who are interested in conservation, sustainable development, and international affairs.

Recent syllabus here.

NRES 512: Environmental Governance (Spring 2017 and on-going)

The concept of environmental governance has arisen to characterize a wide array of interventions seeking to change incentives, knowledge, institutions, and behavior related to the environment.  But what is environmental governance?  How is it distinctive from governance?  How does governance operate to shape environmental outcomes? And how might we observe and measure its effects?  This course explores these questions by drawing on readings in political science, public policy, geography, and interdisciplinary environmental studies. We will examine governance primarily in relation to the issues of biodiversity conservation, forest management, and climate change while investigating how governance works at and across international, national, and sub-national levels.

ENVS 301: Tools for Sustainability (Spring 2016 and 2017)

This team-taught course introduces students to diverse tools for sustainability science and provides an opportunity to apply them and make connections across different disciplines to understand problems and trade-offs related to sustainability. Students develop critical systems thinking skills and competence in tools such as cost-benefit analysis and life-cycle analysis, and learn about other elements of sustainability science and metrics. The course also builds skills necessary to communicate fluently about the integrated dimensions of sustainability in an interdisciplinary setting.

Other Teaching Experience:

At the University of Illinois

NRES 287: Environment and Society (Guest lecturer)

NRES 456: Integrative Ecosystem Management (Guest lecturer)

NRES 474: Soil and Water Conservation (Guest lecturer)

ACE 411: Environment and Development (Guest lecturer)

IB 451: Conservation Biology (Guest lecturer)

At the University of Michigan

NRE 580: Environmental Assessment (Graduate Student Instructor)

ENVIRON 211: Social Sciences and Environmental Problems (Guest lecturer)

ENVIRON 313: Environment and Development: Power and Place in a Global World (Guest lecturer)