Biophysical and Ecological Economics

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Biophysical and Ecological Economics

GPES Areas of Study

Leader: Jack Manno

Students in the Biophysical and Ecological Economics (BEE) study area develop an understanding of environmental problems and solutions through analyses of the relations between the human economy of goods and services and the biophysical economy of networks of energy and material resource flows. Drawing on insights from social and physical sciences, BEE helps students to develop critical thinking, intellectual approaches, measurement tools and modeling skills for analyzing increasingly important topics in environment and natural resource science and policy. Specific course work in biophysical and ecological economics is supplemented by course work in ecology, resource management, environmental economics, policy analysis and others.

Course Lists

BEE Faculty





Beier, Colin M.forest ecosystem and landscape ecology, social-ecological systems, climate change, ecosystem services, landscape change modeling, resilience, adaptive management, resource governance, applied geoinformaticscbeier@esf.edu311 Bray Hall
Diemont, Stewartsystems ecology, ecological engineering, traditional ecological knowledge, Latin America, ecosystem restoration, sustainability analysis, natural wastewater treatment systems and re-use, less-developed countries, 246 Illick Hall
Farrell, ShannonWildlife ecology, wildlife-habitat relationships, management planning for endangered and threatened species, human impacts on wildlife, ecosystem services, endangered species act policy innovations, birds, 134 Illick Hall
Kelleher, Michael resources, applied economics, energy markets, sustainability, renewable energy, energy and environmental policy, financial analysis, energy efficiency, decision-makingmkellehe@esf.edu310B Bray Hall
Limburg, Karin E.riverine fish and estuarine ecology, fisheries ecology, watershed ecology, systems ecology, ecological economics, fisheries and ecosystem science, coupled human-natural systems, biogeochemistry, fisheries ecology, ecosystem ecology, biogeochemical tracers, modelingklimburg@esf.edu249 Illick Hall
Luzadis, Valerie A.ecological economics, ecosystem services, policy, social and recreational dimensions, forest management for renewable energy, watershed management, natural resources policy and values, sustainable development, renewable energy, participatory decision-makingvluzadis@esf.edu206 Bray Hall
Manno, Jack P.Inclusion and collaboration in environmental decisions, Indigenous rights and values, social theory, economic dynamics of sustainability and un-sustainability, politics of ending fossil fuel 211A Marshall Hall

Graduate Students in Biophysical and Ecological Economics

Current Students

Only currently registered students appear—new student names are added at the start of the academic year.

Katherine LenkiewiczKatherine Lenkiewicz

Biophysical & Ecological Economics

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Luzadis

Kayla SmithKayla Smith

Biophysical & Ecological Economics

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Limburg

Emily ThielEmily Thiel

Biophysical & Ecological Economics

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Luzadis


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