ESP Seminar by Dr. David Yoskowitz – October 30, 2014


The Department of Environmental Science & Policy is pleased to announce the upcoming seminar below.  Please spread the word to your colleagues and peers for a big turnout!

Oct. 30,  2014, Johnson Center, Room C, 3:00-5:00pm
Dr. David Yoskowitz, Endowed Chair for Applied Environmental Socio-Economics, Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies, and Chief Economist for NOAA

Moving Ecosystem Services from Practice to Policy: Bridging the Great Divide

Abstract: Federal, State, and local governmental entities are struggling with how to “operationalize” ecosystem services in a meaningful way (i.e positively impact human well-being). Academic research and private sector recognition has outpaced the adoption by the greater natural resource management community. However, a handful of focusing events during the last ten years (hurricanes Katrina, Ike, and Sandy; Deepwater Horizon) has provided the impetus to move forward with policy and programs that account for ecosystem services in natural resource management. Much of this work is being done under the ‘coastal community resilience’ umbrella where the benefits of natural infrastructure are understood but not measured in a robust and defensible manner. The evolution of ecosystem services research is at the point where a stronger link between the bio-physical structure and function of our ecosystems and the socio-economic impacts is required as demand from policy makers and resource managers grows.

About the speaker:

Dr. David Yoskowitz has an international reputation for his work on valuing ecosystem services in coastal environments, and has played an important role in the response to, and understanding of major coastal disasters including Hurricane Katrina and the Deepwater Horizon Spill.  His work spans natural science, economics and social science, with focus on marine and ocean resources.  He is Endowed Chair for Applied Socio-Economics at the Harte Research Institute, and has taken a one year appointment as Chief Economist for NOAA. More information about him can be found at:

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SPRING 2020 Semester (modified due to COVID-19)

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First day of classes: Jan 21

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Last day of classes: May 11

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Final Exam Period: May 13-20

University Commencement: May 22 (tentative)

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