ESPP Spring 2019 Courses

ESPP 90E. Conservation Biology
Course ID Number: 119814
Aaron Hartmann
Wednesdays, 3:00-6:00pm. Location: Geo Museum 103a, 24 Oxford Street

The major goal of conservation biology is to preserve and recover populations and ecosystems through evidence-based assessment, analysis, and management. This course will integrate ecological and evolutionary theory into resource management, economics, sociology, and political science to explore conservation strategies, the value of ecosystem services, and the challenge of decision-making under conflicting interests. Case studies will include major contemporary issues such as the preservation of foundational taxa (e.g., corals on tropical reefs, trees in rainforests), management of genetic diversity, defining recovery targets, and ecosystem-based management. A local field trip within New England will be arranged.

ESPP 90G. The Law and Policy of Climate Change: Influencing Decision Makers
Course ID Number: 208113
Aladdine Joroff
Mondays, 6:00-8
:45pm. Location: HUCE, Room 429, 26 Oxford Street, 4th Floor
Empirical data demonstrate that the climate is changing and that these changes could produce increasingly serious consequences over the course of this century.  Governments and private actors around  the world are strategizing, debating, lobbying, implementing, and defending mechanisms to both mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change.  This course will explore (i) the legal framework in which climate change action occurs in the United States, (ii) policy tools available to regulators, (iii) impacts on regulated entities and individuals and (iv) opportunities for private stakeholders to participate in and influence climate change decisions.

ESPP 90S. The Technology, Economics, and Public Policy of Renewable Energy
Course ID Number: 127572
George Baker
3:00-6:00pm. Location: HUCE, Room 429, 26 Oxford Street, 4th Floor
Energy is the lifeblood of economic activity, and there is little prospect of this changing. However, the planet's stores of easily accessed fossil fuels are limited, and the climatological cost of continuing to rely on fossil fuels is high. This course examines the long run and short run prospects for renewable energy. We start by understanding the technology of hydro, solar, wind, and biomass. We then examine the economics of these technologies, and how subsidies and taxes affect their viability. Special attention will be paid to the interaction of technology, economics, and public policy.