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Land Use and Conservation

E-IPER PhD student Rachelle Gould explains restoration protocols to interns in Hawai'i. Courtesy of Rachelle Gould.

Human influence on natural landscapes has resulted in the loss of biodiversity, the breakdown of essential ecosystem services, and threats to the world's beautiful and sacred places. E-IPER students study threats to the world's terrestrial ecosystems and investigate ways that the needs of a growing human population can be met without causing such extensive damage to our limited and vulnerable resources.

How do global food demands and trade policies influence the rates of deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon? — Rachael Garrett

What can be learned from traditional Hawaiian agricultural practices to increase productivity and preserve natural landscapes now?
Noa Lincoln

Is growing global demand for palm oil responsible for increased deforestation in Indonesia? — Joanne Gaskell

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  • Program on Food Security and the Environment (FSE)
    A strategic collaboration of the Woods Institute, FSE aims to generate innovative solutions to the persistent problems of global hunger and environmental damage from agricultural practices worldwide through a focused research portfolio and an interdisciplinary team of scholars.
  • Natural Capital Project
    A strategic collaboration of the Woods Institute, the Natural Capital Project strives to align economic forces with conservation by mainstreaming natural capital into decisions.
  • The Department of Global Ecology
    Affiliated with the Carnegie Institution for Science, the Department of Global Ecology conducts basic research on the interactions among the earth's ecosystems, land, atmosphere, and oceans in order to understand how these interactions shape the behavior of the earth system, including its responses to future changes.
  • The Bill Lane Center for the American West
    The Bill Lane Center for the American West is dedicated to advancing scholarly and public understanding of the past, present, and future of western North America. The Center supports research, teaching, and reporting about western land and life in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.