Endangered Ecosystems Seminar (3 credits)

This course examines legal regimes for responding to the degradation of ecosystems. Following an overview of the status and trends of ecosystem conditions, the course examines legal challenges through three themes: (1) a biocentric focus using the Endangered Species Act as the case study; (2) an anthropocentric focus using the concept of ecosystem services as the case study; and (3) legal frameworks for large-scale ecosystem management. Topics covered through these three themes include habitat loss, climate change, wetlands, coastal resources, watersheds, public lands management, property rights, governance institutions and related issues. The course satisfies the Upper Level Writing Requirement and qualifies as a natural resources elective for the Environmental Certificate Program.