Conservation and Sustainable Development

This is a minor field. Application for admission is made only to the major fields. After matriculation, a student may select minor subjects from the major or minor fields.
This is a minor field. Application for admission is made only to the major fields. After matriculation, a student may select minor subjects from the major or minor fields.
This minor field is oriented to any graduate student who wants to develop interdisciplinary approaches to helping solve real-world problems in conservation and development. The field was formed in response to the increasing challenges facing society to provide for the health, safety, and welfare of growing human populations while maintaining the ecological integrity of natural ecosystems and enhancing the long-term sustainability of food, forage, and fiber production systems. Solutions to today's conservation and development problems will continue to elude a single disciplinary approach; instead holistic perspectives and interdisciplinary research and development approaches are needed.

An indication of the interdisciplinary nature of the field is reflected in the diversity of its faculty members. Field requirements are participation in a core course (Critical Issues in Conservation and Sustainable Development); completion of at least two recommended electives; and involvement in an interdisciplinary problem-solving research or development experience.
Christopher Barrett -- Concentrations: conservation and sustainable development; Research interests: economics of development and poverty reduction; poverty-environment linkages; natural resources management and agriculture
Barbara Bedford -- Concentrations: conservation and sustainable development; Research interests: wetland plant ecology and biogeochemistry; landscape impact analysis
Jon Conrad -- Concentrations: conservation and sustainable development; Research interests: resource economics
Timothy Fahey -- Concentrations: conservation and sustainable development; Research interests: forest ecosystem ecology; nutrient cycling
Gary Fick -- Concentrations: conservation and sustainable development; Research interests: crop ecology; cropping systems; forage-based systems; crop IPM
John Forester -- Concentrations: conservation and sustainable development; Research interests: community/environmental dispute resolution; participatory planning; ethics; politics of planning
Charles Geisler -- Concentrations: conservation and sustainable development; Research interests: protected area comanagement; impact assessment
Ronald Herring -- Concentrations: conservation and sustainable development; Research interests: agrarian politics; land reform; environmental policy
Steven Kyle -- Concentrations: conservation and sustainable development; Research interests: economics of development; resource economics in developing countries
James Lassoie -- Concentrations: conservation and sustainable development; Research interests: agroforestry; community based forestry management
James Liebherr -- Concentrations: conservation and sustainable development; Research interests: biogeography; conservation biology; biodiversity studies; systematic biology
Max Pfeffer -- Concentrations: conservation and sustainable development; Research interests: human dimensions of watershed management; sustainable agriculture and development
Alison Power -- Concentrations: conservation and sustainable development; Research interests: agroecology; conservation biology
Margaret Smith -- Concentrations: Research interests: maize breeding; crop genetic diversity; farmer participatory plant breeding approaches
Tammo Steenhuis -- Concentrations: conservation and sustainable development; Research interests: watershed management; ground and nonpoint source pollution; hydrology; irrigation
Peter Trowbridge -- Concentrations: conservation and sustainable development; Research interests: landscape architecture; land use planning and policy
Norman Uphoff -- Concentrations: conservation and sustainable development; Research interests: participatory development; local organization for natural resources management, particularly irrigation and water management
Harold Van Es -- Concentrations: conservation and sustainable development; Research interests: soil and water conservation; soil hydrology; sustainable agriculture
Michael Walter -- Concentrations: conservation and sustainable development; Research interests: watershed protection; hydrology; nonpoint source pollution
David Winkler -- Concentrations: conservation and sustainable development; Research interests: avian ecology; conservation; life history theory and modeling