Academic Courses

ESM 201Ecology of Managed Ecosystems  [4 units]  Tilman
Principles of individual ecology, population ecology, community ecology, and ecosystem ecology. Emphasis on applications (conservation, resource management, ecological effects of pollution and habitat fragmentation, etc.).

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Prerequisites: None

ESM 202Environmental Biogeochemistry  [4 units] Melack & Means
Biogeochemical processes as applied to the Earth’s atmosphere, oceans, land, and inland waters, and applications to environmental issues such as eutrophication, toxic pollution, carbon sequestration, and acidification.

Waiver Policy
Prerequisites: Introductory Chemistry. ESM 203 is strongly recommended.

ESM 203 - Earth System Science  [4 units]  Dozier & Dunne
Interactions among the atmosphere, oceans, and land and models of Earth’s climate and hydrology. Application of knowledge about the Earth System in environmental management and policy.

Waiver Policy
Prerequisites: Geography 3 or equivalent
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ESM 204Economics of Environmental Management  [4 units] Costello
Environmental regulation (incentives, command, and control), asymmetric information (cost revelation and auditing), regulatory incidence, dynamics and discounting, exhaustible and renewable resources, valuation, environmental macroeconomics, trade and the environment, and comparative regulatory analysis.

Waiver Policy
Prerequisites: ESM 251 or equivalent.
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ESM 206Statistics & Data Analysis for Environmental Science & Management  [4 units] Horst
Develop skills and conceptual framework to effectively use data to solve practical problems. Topics include descriptive statistics, hypothesis testing, experimental design, exploratory data analysis, probability and uncertainty, time series analysis, and spatial stats. Emphasis of case studies from environmental problems.

Prerequisites: Math 3ABC or equivalent.
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ESM 207 - Environmental Law and Policy  [4 units]  Salzman
Basic elements of the legal system as it specifically relates to environmental issues. Study of the different stages and different institutions involved in environmental policy making.

Prerequisites: (None)
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ESM 210 - Business and the Environment  [4 units]  Potoski
Introduces students to business objectives and structure and discusses new business models and tools that incorporate principles of environmental management and corporate performance. It highlights corporate strategies that deliver value to shareholders while responding to environmental concerns.

Prerequisites: (None)
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ESM 211 - Applied Population Ecology  [4 units]  Kendall
Examination of the application of population ecology to conservation of rare species and management of harvested populations. Topics include populations regulation, population viability analysis, fisheries management, metapopulation dynamics, and populations monitoring.

Prerequisites: ESM 201 and ESM 206
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ESM 212 - Biological Community Survey & Analysis  [4 units]  Davis
Design and execution of field sampling campaigns to characterize, map, and inventory plant and animal communities. Includes review of basic sampling theory, measurements for terrestrial vegetation, vertebrate and invertebrate survey methods, multivariate analysis of community data, vegetation and species habitat mapping and modeling.

Prerequisites: ESM 201
Normally offered every other year.
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ESM 213 - Ecotoxicology  [4 units]  Means
Ecotoxicology will examine the biochemistry and biology of the responses of organisms in ecosystems to the presence of substances in the environment that can cause adverse effects upon the organisms. The course will also present case studies from recent literature.

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ESM 214 - Biological Waste Treatment  [4 units]  Holden
Concepts and approaches to correct and alleviate the effects of environmental pollution using biological processes. Biochemical, ecological, and physiochemical aspects of remediation and mitigation. Assessing and monitoring applicability/efficacy of biological treatment. Natural and engineered methods for adversely affected biological resources. 

Prerequisites: (None)
Normally offered every other year. 
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ESM 215 - Landscape Ecology  [4 units] 
This course will explore emergent patterns in landscape structure (physical, biological, and cultural) and linkages to ecological processes. The role of ecosystem pattern, for both landscapes and seascapes, will be explored viamass and energy transfers, disturbance regimes, species’ persistence, applications of remote sensing, and GIS for landscape characterization and modeling.

Prerequisites: ESM 201
Normally offered every other year.
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ESM 219 - Microbial Processes in the Environment  [4 units]  Holden
Microbes are the most abundant organisms on earth and are responsible for most biogeochemical cycling. Who and where are they, what do they do, and how? This course provides an integrated understanding applicable to managing the environment and natural resources.

Prerequisites: ESM 202 or equivalent
Normally offered every other year.
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ESM 222 - Fate and Transport of Pollutants in the Environment  [4 units]  Keller
Transport and biogeochemical transformation of pollutants in the environment. Review of pollutant properties and media characteristics that affect transport, accumulation, and degradation of pollutants. Basic tools for managing pollutants in the environment, including prevention, detection, and remediation.

Prerequisites: ESM 202
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ESM 223 - Management of Soil and Groundwater Quality  [4 units]  Brown
Focuses on protection and remediation of contaminated soil, vadose zone and groundwater, including site and basin characterization, planning, and methods for corrective action.  Discussion includes the determination of groundwater quality objectives based on risk assessment, technology development and testing, and cost evaluation of management strategies.

Prerequisites: ESM 202, 203, and 222, or instructor permission; groundwater hydrology strongly recommended.
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ESM 223L - Laboratory in Management of Soil and Groundwater Quality  [1 unit]  Keller
A hands-on approach to learning how to sample and treat contaminated soil and groundwater. The series of lab modules cover soil and groundwater unit treatment processes. Students are presented with state-of-the-art technologies for dealing with water contamination. [Note: lab is only 1-1.5 hr/week, within a 4 hour window.]

Prerequisites: ESM 222 and ESM 223 or concurrent enrollment in ESM 223
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ESM 224Sustainable Watershed Quality Management  [4 units]  Keller
Integrates environmental science & management to address sustainable watershed management. Learn the elements of a watershed management plan and become familiar with the planning process that takes into consideration various issues and concerns and provides concrete actions to address them. Addresses both water quantity and quality issues in a comprehensive approach.

Prerequisites: ESM 202 & 203. Strongly recommended: ESM 222 and 234 or 235.
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ESM 225 - Water Policy  [4 units]  Wilkinson
Explores key water policy issues in the context of science, technology, and the practical management of water systems. If focuses on the nexus of science, economics, law, and social and political factors play in the policy process.

Prerequisites: (None)
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ESM 226 - Groundwater Management [4 units] Brown
Examines the principles and tools for groundwater management and stewardship of groundwater resources in the US and includes examples drawn from global groundwater management challenges.

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ESM 229 - Economics & Policy of Climate Change  [4 units] Meng
This course will explore the economic impacts of climate change, design of optimal climate mitigation policies, and existing constraints on implementation of such policies. Emphasis on developing intuition on climate policy issues and familiarity with relevant analytical and statistical tools.

Prerequisites: ESM 204
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ESM 230 - Strategic Planning for Non-Profit Ventures   [4 units]  Cotter (Chan)
This course is about strategic planning issues unique to non-profits. Provides an entrepreneurial perspective for charitable organizations, non-government organizations, social ventures and not-for-profit organizations. Topics include stakeholder analysis, the mission statement, strategic objectives and goals, board development, fiscal management and fundraising.

Prerequisites:(None)
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ESM 232 - Environmental Modeling  [4 units] Dozier
Introduction to the development, evaluation, interpretation, and presentation of models as applied to environmental problems. Course will consist of theory and many practical examples building and interpreting models using computers. No previous computer experience required.

Prerequisites: Math 3ABC or equivalent
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ESM 233  - River Restoration  [2 units]  Dunne
Review of hydrologic, geomorphic, and engineering principles used in restoration of rivers, floodplains, and riparian zones for safety, land management, and ecosystem improvement. The course involves lectures and the analysis and reporting of general principles and case studies.

Prerequisites: ESM 203
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ESM 234  - River Systems  [4 units]  Dunne
Hydrologic and geomorphic basis of environmental management problems concerning large river systems. Analysis of the processes of flooding, sedimentation, and morphological change in channels, floodplains, deltas, and alluvial fans. Effects of climate, land use and engineering.

Prerequisites: ESM 203
Normally offered every other year. 
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ESM 235  - Watershed Analysis  [4 units] Booth
Hydrologic and geomorphic basis of environmental management problems concerning land surfaces and channels in small drainage basins, particularly the effects of land use and engineered alteration to stream channels. Emphasis placed in the integrated application of both theory and field methods to analyze existing conditions, evaluate the potential effectiveness of alternative solutions, and understand the limitations imposed by intrinsic watershed conditions and other human constraints. Implications for in-stream biota and water quality are acknowledged but not emphasized in this course.

Prerequisites: ESM 203
Normally offered every other year
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ESM 236 - The Mountain Snowpack  [3 units]  Dozier
Intensive field, laboratory, and classroom study of physical processes in the mountain snowpack. Snow accumulation and ablation, metamorphism, physical and chemical properties, and remote sensing. Role of snow in watershed hydrology, water resources, and recreation.

Prerequisites: ESM 203, intermediate skiing ability and consent of instructor.
Normally offered every other year over spring break. 
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ESM 237  - Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation  [4 units]  Tague
Global climate change may dramatically alter water resources and the ecosystems that depend upon them. This course will provide an overview of research on current and projected future hydro-ecological impacts of a changing climate at local to global scales.

Prerequisites: (None)
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ESM 238  - Climate Change Agreements and Politics  [4 units]  Clemencon
The seminar will provide students with a basic introduction to climate change politics and policy, combining an international relations and comparative politics approach. It will trace the evolution of the complex international climate change agreement signed by countries in 1992 (UNFCCC) and discuss the difficult collective action problem related to agreeing on a comprehensive global climate agreement by December 2015. Political, technical and methodological questions will be covered, related to defining binding “common but differentiated responsibilities” (UNFCCC) between rich and poor countries, emissions trading (EU Emissions Trading System, CDM, REDD+, California ABS32), emission inventory reporting and verification, and international climate financing for developing countries for adaptation and mitigation. The second part of the course will explore national climate and energy policy approaches of key countries, with an objective to learn lessons from experiences with different public policy instruments and emission reduction projects. A look at sub-national and voluntary private sector and NGO initiatives on energy and climate will be included.

Prerequisites: (None)
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ESM 239  -  Advanced Climate Change Science for Policy Makers  [4 units]  Lea
This course will examine the science of climate change with a focus on those issues most relevant to policy makers. Professor Lea will draw on his experience serving as science advisor to the Special Envoy on Climate Change in the U.S. Department of State. Topics include: Climate Forcing Agents and their Efficacy; Climate Sensitivity and Feedbacks; Anthropogenic Climate Change; Extreme Events; Energy and Greenhouse Gas Emissions; Global Temperature Limits and Mitigation Scenarios; and Geoengineering. Discussion will focus on topical issues at the nexus of climate policy and science, such as mitigation of short-lived climate pollutants like black carbon.

Prerequisites: ESM 203
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ESM 240  - Climate Change Biology  [2 units]  Hannah
Biological changes in response to climate, their causes, emerging conservation responses and policy implications.

Prerequisites: (None)
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ESM 241 - Environmental Politics and Policy  [2 units]  Anderson
The politics of environmental policymaking from agenda formation to the stages of implementation, assessment, and reforms. Emphasis on national and state level policymaking in the U.S. coupled with a consideration of interactions across levels of social organization and comparisons across socio-political systems.

Prerequisites: (None)
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ESM 242 - Natural Resource Economics and Policy  [4 units]  Costello
Economic principles and policy issues in the use of exhaustible and renewable resources including fossil fuels, water, minerals, fisheries, forests, and biodiversity. Management of resource markets on a regional or international scale.

Prerequisites: ESM 204
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ESM 243 - Environmental Policy Analysis  [4 units]  Anderson
Developing and analyzing environmental policies involves balancing social, political, and economic considerations. Course covers this process, including problem identification, formation of alternative policy response, and methods of analyzing and selecting the most appropriate policy response, and effective communications of results to clients/policymakers.

Prerequisites: ESM 204 & ESM 241
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ESM 244 - Advanced Data Analysis  [4 units] Horst
Learn to use specialized data analysis techniques commonly employed in ESM. Topics include: environmental monitoring, incorporating methods for censored data and for time series; spatial data interpolation and prediction; and multi-criteria decision analysis.

Prerequisites: ESM 206A&B or equivalent
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ESM 245 - Cost-Benefit Analysis and Non-market Valuation  [4 units] Libecap 
Economic theory of environmental policy, with special emphasis on the role of cost-benefit analysis. Techniques for estimating economic values for nonmarket environmental resources. Case studies involving ecosystem protection, pollution control, and other topics to illustrate the necesarry analytical tools.

Prerequisites: ESM 204
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ESM 248 - Environmental Institutions  [4 units]  Buntaine
Comparative study of management systems or regimes addressing natural resources and environmental concerns and operating at scales ranging from local to global. Topics include characterization of individual regimes and factors affecting the formation, evolution, and effectiveness of these institutional arrangements.

Prerequisites: (None)
Normally offered every other year.
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ESM 251 - Economics and Environmental Policy Analysis  [2 units] Plantinga
Design and evaluation of public policies for addressing environmental problems. Theory of environmental policy that arises from the study of markets, market failure, and economic efficiency as well as the broader scope of analysis that accounts for distributional concerns, sustainability, impact analysis, cost effectiveness, and multi-criteria analysis.

Prerequisites: (None)
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ESM 254 - Coastal Marine Ecosystem Processes  [4 units] Lenihan
Examination of physical, chemical and geological processes in coastal ecosystems, including estuaries, that are influenced by human activities. Focus centers on dynamical processes that control biological communities and resources, and the relationship of the science to marine resource management and policy.

Prerequisites: ESM 201 & 203; 202 (may be concurrent)
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ESM 256A - Introduction to Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation  [2 units]  Cotter (Chan)
Introduction to entrepreneurship for students interested in launching a new product or service that offers an environmental and/or social benefit. Provides an entrepreneurial perspective and overview of the venture creation process. Emphasis on idea generation, opportunity recognition and initial concept development.

Prerequisites: (None)
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ESM 256B -  New Venture Opportunity Analysis   [4 units] Cotter (Chan)
Development of the analytical and conceptual skills required to assess the feasibility of a new venture opportunity. Topics include industry analysis, concept development, market definition, customer discovery, elements of a business model and competitive analysis.

Prerequisites: ESM 256A or instructor permission
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ESM 257 - Coastal Marine Policy & Management   [4 units] Hastings
Conceptual approaches and analytical tools used in marine ecosystem management, marine biodiversity protection, and integrative watershed planning. Review of relevant international, federal and state marine policies and programs.

Prerequisites: (None)
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ESM 260  - Applied Marine Ecology  [4 units]  Lenihan
The application of ecological principles and methods to environmental problems in marine ecosystems. Emphasis is placed on design and execution of field sampling and experiments to assess biological impacts of anthropogenic disturbances and restoration activities. Concepts illustrated with case studies

Prerequisites: ESM 201  
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ESM 261 - Management of Scientific Data  [4 units]  Frew
Theory, techniques, and tools for managing heterogeneous scientific information, database architectures, and data models. Metadata standards and data characterization. Design and use of relational databases. Aspects of the science data life cycle: collection, storage, retrieval, analysis, and presentation.

Prerequisites: (None)
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ESM 263 - Geographic Information Systems  [4 units]  Frew
Advanced introduction to GIS theory and technology, emphasizing spatial analysis and cartographic presentation. Typical algorithms and data structures. Role of GIS in environmental information management. Integration of GIS with other analytical tools.

Prerequisites: (None)
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ESM 264  - Web Mapping/Publishing   [2 units]  Frew
Tools and techniques for publishing, accessing, and manipulating environmental information on the World Wide Web, including: web services; scientific and geographic markup languages; virtual globes; distributed geographic information systems; open-source tools; geographic mashups.

Prerequisites: (None)
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ESM 266 - Remote Sensing of the Environment  [4 units]  Dozier
Advanced introduction to remote sensing theory, technology, and applications in Environmental Science & Management. Survey of principles and analytical methods throughout the electromagnetic spectrum. Integration of remote sensing with other tools.

Prerequisites: ESM 203
Normally offered every other year.
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ESM 269 - Survey Design and Environmental Public Opinion  [2 units] Henderson
Issues of survey design, including sampling, questionnaire design, data collection and data processing. Students will design and field an original survey, analyze the survey data and report the results.

Prerequisites: (None)
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ESM 270 - Conservation Planning & Priority Setting  [4 units] Halpern
Analytical approaches that can be used to direct energy and resources toward conservation that yields the greatest return on investment. Case studies of how government agencies, international multilateral institutions and non-governmental agencies identify where to invest their conservation efforts.

Prerequisites: ESM 201
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ESM 270P - Conservation Planning Practicum  [4 units] Halpern
In depth development and analysis of a specific conservation plan, from start (goal setting) to finish (spatially explicit recommendations). Practical application of theory and tools from ESM270. If appropriate, MESM Group Project locations can be used as the case study.  

Prerequisites: ESM 263 and ESM 270
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ESM 271  - Carbon Footprints & Carbon Accounting   [2 units]  Suh
Using the BSI’s PAS 2050, the WRI’s GHG Protocols, and the ISO14067, basic skills and knowledge necessary to establish corporate carbon accounts and to calculate carbon footprints will be covered.

Prerequisites: (None)
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ESM 272 - Energy and Resource Productivity  [4 units]  Suh
Options for improving energy and resources productivity are evaluated from technology, economics, and policy point of view. Energy, housing, transportation and agro-food sectors will be elaborated, and energy-resource nexus will be discussed. 4 units

Prerequisites: (None)
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ESM 273 - Life Cycle Assessment  [4 units]  Geyer & Suh
Advanced introduction to life cycle assessment (LCA) tools and practice. Students will conduct an LCA according to ISO 14040/44 (2006) using professional LCA software. Goal and scope definition, parametric life cycle inventory modeling, impact assessment, sensitivity analysis, reporting.

Prerequisites: (None)
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ESM 275  - Principles and Practice of Environmental Planning  [4 units] Jacobson
Principles, concepts, and techniques of environmental planning at the state, regional, and local government levels, with emphasis on emerging trends in addressing environmental problems. Green plans, sustainable communities, coastal planning, agricultural land preservation, smart development, new urbanism, and mitigation monitoring.

Prerequisites: (None)
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ESM 276 - Ethical Decision-Making for the Environment  [2 units]  Harris
Ethical and legal issues surrounding environmental decision-making by individuals and in organizations. Environmental challenges facing public, non-profit and for-profit organizations. Analysis of behavior according to ethical standards; examination of opportunities for corporate social responsibility and initiatives; application of ethical frameworks to decision-making.

Prerequisites: (None)
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ESM 279 - Financial Management and Environmental Accounting  [4 units] Edwards
Corporate financial management and reporting and environmental accounting. Function of stock markets, discounted cash flows, investment appraisal and decisions, valuation of bonds and stocks, the capital structure decision, the accounting model, management and control of enterprises, financial reporting and financial statement analysis.

Prerequisites: (None)
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ESM 280 - Organizations and Environmental Leadership  [4 units] Jostes
Individuals play an important role in leading organizations toward environmental sustainability and implementing cross-sector initiatives. Getting results in today's complex world requires collectively influencing peers, managers and executives at a variety of organizational levels to bridge the gap between the values they hold and the conditions they face. Course participants learn about their own behaviors and build skills to more effectively influence environmental decision making within groups, organizations, networks and society. The course explores, theory, practice and skill-building.

Prerequisites: (None)

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ESM 281 - Corporate Environmental Management  [4 units] Potoski
Prepares students to use creatively conceptual tools and management strategies to improve the environmental performance of firms. Corporate, societal, and political barriers to implementing these innovative strategies will be analyzed and methods for overcoming these constraints discussed.

Prerequisites: ESM 210
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ESM 282 - Pollution Prevention  [4 units] Geyer 
An alternative to pollution control or remediation is to prevent it in the first place. This can be achieved through increased efficiency, material and technology substitution, and reuse and recycling. This course introduces pollution prevention through theory building and case studies. It also teaches and applies pertinent concepts and tools from industrial ecology.  

Prerequisites: (None)
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ESM 283 - Environmental Negotiation  [4 units]  Jostes
Strategic negotiations take place daily. Their successful outcome depends on the competence of the negotiators. Using environmental case studies and negotiation exercises, course participants will gain a hands-on understanding of the negotiation process and how they can influence it.

Prerequisites: (None)
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ESM 285 - Environmental Markets  [4 units]  Libecap
Environmental and resource problems are due to incomplete property rights. Defining rights and using environmental markets can be an alternative to regulation.  Emphasis on when this might be the case and analysis of markets in fisheries, water, land use, and emissions.

Prerequisites: ESM 251 recommended
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ESM 288 - Energy, Technology and the Environment  [4 units]  Geyer
Covers the main physical principles of energy conversion and the environmental impacts related to it. Also explores the balance between resource availability and demand, and the relationship between energy use and technology.

Prerequisites: (None)
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ESM 293  - Advanced Special Topics in Climate and Energy  [1-4 units]
Advanced topics in climate and energy.
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ESM 293-1S - Climate Change and the Food System  [2 units] Godfray
The aim of this one-week intensive course will be to explore and discuss science and policy issues at the interface of climate change and the food system. We will discuss the challenges of feeding 9-10 billion people in 2050 sustainably and equitably, explore different strategies and models for assessing the effects of climate change on the food system, discuss food system adaptation to climate change and ways to mitigate its effects, and the food, climate change, land, biodiversity nexus.
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ESM 293-2S  - Topics in Defining and Implementing Optimal Mitigation of GHG Emissions [2 units] Polasky
Mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions typically imposes costs up front in return for future expected benefits. Deciding how much mitigation should be undertaken depends on weighing of future relative to present net benefits (discounting), probability distributions of future damages from climate change, among other things. We will discuss debates over economic growth and discounting and how this affects optimal mitigation. We will also discuss how incorporation of uncertainty about impacts of climate change including potential crossing tipping points affects optimal mitigation. Finally, even with clarity about optimal mitigation, there is the problem of designing an international agreement to share the burden of mitigation. We will discuss the use of dynamic games to design self-enforcing agreements.
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ESM 294 - Advanced Special Topics in Environmental Law  [1-4 units]
Advanced, special topics in environmental law. May be repeated for credit with changes in content.
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ESM 294-1S - Natural Resources Law & Policy  [2 units] Salzman
This course examines the law and policyof how we use nature's resources-- from forests andfisheries to biodiversity and parks. We pay special attention to the historical and political origins of our competing ideas of why nature matters and what we should do with it, from economically productive use and outdoor recreation to preserving the natural world for its own sake. We also consider the complicated interplay of science and law.

Prerequisites: (None)
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ESM 296 - Advanced Special Topics in Environmental Management  [1-4 units]
Advanced, special topics in environmental management. May be repeated for credit with changes in content.
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ESM 296-1S - Equity in the Managed Environment  [2 units] Halpern
This course aims to explore diverse dimensions of equity issues in resource management through a series of guest speakers, reading key literature, and in depth discussion of the topics. We will address a range of topics the draw from economics, political science, natural resources, and social sciences.
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ESM 296-2S - Informatics [4 units] Dozier, Frew, Tague
Introduction to the management and analysis of environmental information, providing MESM students with the necessary computational background for more advanced Bren courses. Topics include: the basic computing environment (hardware and operating systems); programming language concepts; program design; data organization; software tools; generic analytical techniques (relational algebra, graphics & visualization, etc.); and specific characteristics of environmental information. Topics will be presented in weekly 3-hour modules mixing lectures and hands-on examples, using students' own computers.

Prerequisites: (None)
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ESM 296-3S - Applied Econometrics [4 units] Deschenes
Most empirical analyses in biological and environmental applications are based on non-experimental data. The objective of this course is for students to learn the research designs and econometric methods for estimating causal effects with non-experimental data. This will prepare the students for conducting high-quality empirical research, with applications in cross-sectional data (primary focus) and time-series data. Methods and concepts covered will include: regression adjustment and matching, instrumental variables, regression discontinuity, and panel data methods. Each concept will be introduced in class through a relevant real-world application.

Prerequisites: ESM 206; or ESM 206A & ESM 206B
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ESM 296-4S - Enhancing Coastal Social-Ecological Systems Through Aquaculture [2 units] Lenihan
Through a series of guest speakers from industry, government, and academia, this 2-unit seminar explores key social and environmental themes related to aquaculture’s growing contribution to food produced from the sea. Speakers and subsequent discussions will examine aquaculture in the context of global food production and sustainability, capacity for ecosystem and fisheries enhancement, as well as socio-economic impacts associated with the sector. This seminar is hosted by the Latin American Fisheries Fellowship program, and will draw on particular expertise from Latin America asrelates to the broader themes examined. Students will contribute to a collaborative synthesis of key literature, and participate as discussants for selected topics during the seminar.

Prerequisites: (None)

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ESM 296-1F - Sustainable Water Markets Seminar [2 units] Wilkinson
Water markets have emerged as an important policy tool for efficiently allocating and distributing water resources in the context of climate change, demographic changes, and increased demand for water supplies. This course will provide students with an overview of water markets and the role of water law, policy, science, and the broader context in which water markets operate. Bren faculty, fellows, alumni, and guest speakers associated with the Sustainable Water Markets Fellowship Program will guide students in discussions of relevant readings and case studies that highlight the role of water markets in water policy and their potential for improving water reliability, quality, and the environment.

Prerequisites: none
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ESM 296-2F - Advanced GIS [2 units] Wedding & Best
During the five sessions, advanced spatial modeling techniques will be applied to environmental problems. We'll explore: programming approaches in ModelBuilder, Python and R environments; specific programs to model species distributions (MGET) and ecosystem services (InVEST); remote sensing applications with drone derived imagery; and publish spatial content to interactive online maps.

Prerequisites: ESM 263 or consent of instructor.
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ESM 296-3F - LAFF Seminar [2 units]
Description coming soon!

Prerequisites: none
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ESM 297 - Advanced Special Topics in Environmental Policy  [1-4 units] 
Advanced, special topics in environmental policy. May be repeated for credit with changes in content.
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ESM 297-1S - Environmental Persuasion  [2 units]  Potoski
In this course we will explore the use of message framing and persuasion in public environmental communications.  The course will consist of classroom lectures and discussion sessions covering topics on environmental psychology, persuasion, and framing, all with a focus on public media and communication.  Students will develop a persuasive communications campaign, with examples and a short explanatory memo.   The class will conclude with a wrap up session in which we will present out projects and  share how motivation, communication and persuasion can help solve environmental problems. 
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ESM 297-2S - Global Environmental Politics  [2 units]  Buntaine
Many environmental issues can only be successfully addressed through international cooperation. Air pollution in one country can harm people in another country. Greenhouse gases emitted in one place cause damages around the world. Resources like ocean fisheries are shared by whichever countries and companies have the ability to harvest them. In all of these cases, states and non-state groups that have an interest in managing natural resources or pollutants must find ways to cooperate across international borders. This can be difficult, since there is no world authority available to enforce agreements between states. In this course, we will examine the challenges involved with establishing and maintaining international cooperation related to environmental issues, given that there are structural challenges associated with the enforcement of agreements. We will not only examine the opportunities and limitations of interstate cooperation, but also new modes of interaction at the international level, such as civil society partnerships, business-state relations, and the role subnational governments play in international cooperation. In this course, we will address both the challenges involved with solving transboundary environmental problems, but also emerging opportunities through new modes of governance.
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ESM 297-1F - Environmental Institutions  [2 units]  Buntaine
Comparative study of management systems or regimes addressing natural resources and environmental concerns and operating at scales ranging from local to global. Topics include characterization of individual regimes and factors affecting the formation, evolution, and effectiveness of these institutional arrangements.
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ESM 298 - Advanced Special Topics: Eco-E Lab  [2 units]  Cotter (Chan)
Advanced, special topics in eco-entrepreneurship. May be repeated for credit with changes in content.

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ESM 299  - Advanced Special Topics in Environmental Science  [1 - 4 units]
Advanced, special topics in environmental science. May be repeated for credit with changes in content.

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ESM 299-1S  - Biological Community Survey Analysis  [2 units] Davis
Design and execution of field sampling campaigns to characterize, map, and inventory plant and animal communities. Includes review of basic sampling theory, measurements for terrestrial vegetation, vertebrate and invertebrate survey methods, multivariate analysis of community data, vegetation and species habitat mapping and modeling.

Prerequisites: ESM 201

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ESM 401A  - Masters Group Project  [4 units]
1st quarter of a year-long group study of an environmental problem. Includes in-class training sessions to develop skills necessary to efficiently and effectively conduct the study.

Prerequisites: (None)
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ESM 401B - Masters Group Project  [4 units]
2nd quarter of a year-long group study of an environmental problem.

Prerequisites: (None)
(Group Project)
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ESM 401C - Masters Group Project  [4 units]
3rd quarter of a year-long group study of an environmental problem. Requires completion of a final report, and defense.

Prerequisites: (None)
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ESM 401D - Masters Group Project  [2 units]
Final quarter of a year-long group study of an environmental problem. Requires completion of a policy brief, poster, and public presentation.

Prerequisites: (None)
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ESM 402A  - Masters Eco-E Project: New Venture Formation  [4 units] Cotter (Chan)
This course teaches students how to pursue opportunities for new ventures and transform them into real enterprises, focusing on development of viable business models.

Prerequisites: (None)
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ESM 402B - Masters Eco-E Project  [4 units]
2nd quarter of a year-long team project to develop a new environmental venture.

Prerequisites: (None)
(Eco-E Project)
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ESM 402C - Masters Eco-E Project  [4 units]
3rd quarter of a year-long team project to develop a new environmental venture. Requires completion of a final report and defense.

Prerequisites: (None)
(Eco-E Project)
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ESM 402D - Masters Eco-E Project  [2 units]
Final quarter of a year-long team project to develop a new environmental venture. Requires completion of marketing communication materials and a public presentation.

Prerequisites: (None)
(Eco-E Project)
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ESM 410 - Internship Practicum  [1 unit]
Students complete a summer internship, prepare a short paper, and present internship experiences to the Bren School community through an informal presentation.

Prerequisites: Completion of a summer internship.
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ESM 425 - Workshops in Communication  [0.5 - 1 unit]
Special workshops to help Bren students strengthen communication skills.

Prerequisites: (None)
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ESM 430 - Workshops in Environmental Science & Management  [0.5 - 1 unit]
Workshops to develop professional skills for careers in Environmental Science & Management.

Prerequisites: (None)
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ESM 436 - Legal Issues in Environmental Problem Solving  [0.5 - 1 unit]
May be repeated for credit with changes in content. Workshops to expose students to a range of technical and business writing.

Prerequisites: (None)
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ESM 437 - Writing Skills for Environmental Professionals  [2 units] Leombruni
This course enables participants to refine their writing skills for effectiveness in professional and academic settings. Graduate students will enhance awareness of various strategies, techniques, and genres such as memos, status reports, emails, and proposals--to ensure effective communication. Topics will will include the importance of thesis, audience, tone, organization and development, document design, appropriate source citation with integrated quotations, and effective collaborative writing. Written assignments with attentive instructor response; class lectures, discussions and workshops; and integration with Communication Center staff and other Bren classes will assist participants in further development of polished written communication skills.

Prerequisites: (None)
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ESM 438 -  Presentation Skills for Environmental Professionals  [4 units] Horst
In this intensive course, students will study, prepare and practice presentation skills with a focus on project defenses, presenting posters and research, and presentations for job interviews. Lectures will focus on clearly and effectively communicating quantitative and qualitative information to specific audiences. Emphases will be on visual presentation (e.g. slide formatting, clear presentation of quantitative information, etc.) and verbal communication (pacing, clarity, volume, tone, etc.), which students will hone during practice presentations and mock question/answer sessions in weekly discussions. Students will have multiple opportunities to practice and receive feedback on presentations for group projects, defenses, professional conferences, and job interviews.

Prerequisites: (None)
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ESM 440 - Strategic Environmental Communication [4 units] Leombruni & Hutton
Successful environmental communication is not just about getting the facts right. Before tackling an issue, it's critical to consider the intended audiences and their values and attitudes--and to use effective storytelling to reach them. To learn to message effectively, students will study the theory behind persuasion and decision-making, including how reason, emotion, and social influence work, and practice writing for a diversity of audiences, including the general public, policymakers, and funders. Students will also learn how to develop compelling stories from good ideas, using conflict, drama, and character, and gain an understanding of the complex media environment in which their messages compete for attention.

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ESM 441 - Introduction to Environmental Media Production [2 units] Hanrahan
This hands-on course is designed to give students the core skills needed to conceptualize, capture, edit, and deliver short-form environmental documentaries. The basic tools of filmmaking -- cinematography, lighting, sound, and editing -- are covered.

Prerequisites: ESM 440 or special permission by the instructor

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ESM 442 - Grassroots Organizing, Outreach, & Campaigning [2 units] Alario
Reviews the role and effectiveness of grassroots environmental efforts on local, statewide, and national scales. Students will explore organizing strategies and tactics based on various theories of change, addressing topics such as community outreach and collaboration, policy campaigning and more.

Prerequisites: ESM 440 or special permission by the instructor

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ESM 444 - Writing about the Environment for the Public [2 units] Todd
Explores written genres for scientists to educate and influence public audiences. Students will analyze and practice message/story development with emphasis on interviewing, analyzing and framing environmental issues in news. Students will complete course with media-ready work.

Prerequisites: ESM 440 or special permission by the instructor

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ESM 445 - Social Media and the Environment [2 units] Alario
Students will learn about and use different social media tools to engage and activate social networks to generate environmental awareness and action.

Prerequisites: ESM 440 or special permission by the instructor

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ESM 449 - Environmental Communication Practicum [4 units] Leombruni
This capstone course will give students the opportunity to apply their knowledge and communication skills in a practical setting. Working in teams with diverse skills, students will develop and implement their own information campaign in association with an environmental firm, organization, local or regional government, or other institution. Students may choose to use the environmental issue(s) explored in their Group Project or Eco-Entrepreneurship Project, or another topic.

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ESM 538 -  Presentation Skills for Environmental Professionals  [4 units] Horst
In this intensive course, students will study, prepare and practice presentation skills with a focus on project defenses, presenting posters and research, and presentations for job interviews. Lectures will focus on clearly and effectively communicating quantitative and qualitative information to specific audiences. Emphases will be on visual presentation (e.g. slide formatting, clear presentation of quantitative information, etc.) and verbal communication (pacing, clarity, volume, tone, etc.), which students will hone during practice presentations and mock question/answer sessions in weekly discussions. Students will have multiple opportunities to practice and receive feedback on presentations for group projects, defenses, professional conferences, and job interviews.

Prerequisites: PhD standing
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ESM 595A-Z  - Group Studies: MESM/PhD  [1 - 4 units]
Seminars in selected fields of Environmental Science & Management. Open to master and PhD students. May be repeated for credit with changes in content.

Prerequisites: (None)
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ESM 595AA-ZZ  - Group Studies: PhD Level  [1 - 4 units]
Seminars in selected fields of Environmental Science & Management. Open only to PhD students. May be repeated for credit with changes in topic.

Prerequisites: (None)
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ESM 595 PB – Collaborative Interdisciplinary Research [4 units in Winter or Spring]
Students will learn how to conduct interdisciplinary collaborative research by working on a research paper that engages different disciplinary perspectives. The co-instructors will contribute their expertise in two or more disciplines (science, management, policy, economics, business, law, etc.) to explore a research question in the field of environmental science. Instructors and students will collaborate to develop a multi-authored paper that addresses the research question. Students will learn and practice techniques for comprehensive literature review, excellent group writing, oral presentation, peer review, and appropriate referencing. Required for 1st or 2nd year PhD students, optional for other graduate students.

Prerequisites: (None)
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ESM 595 PH – Environmental Microbiology/ Microbial Ecology [2 units] Holden
Reading, and student-led discussion, of primary literature (2 papers per week). Week to week topics in the disciplines may vary according to student interests; a theme, set at the beginning of the quarter (to be determined) may guide. Relevant themes include, but are not limited to: relationships between microbial community composition and function; influence of environmental factors on microbial populations and communities; symbioses; biofilm composition and function; expressing microbial growth and substrate depletion within physicochemical environmental process models. The course is 2 units (S/U) and open to all Ph.D. students.

Prerequisites: (None)
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ESM 595SB - PhD Seminar - Proposal Writing  [2 units - in fall quarter] Melack & Suh
Students will learn about funding opportunities for interdisciplinary research and how to write effective proposals. Each student will select a research question based on his/her intended research. The instructors will guide students through the proposal writing process, including formulating research questions, literature review, development of hypotheses, approach, expected outcomes, broader significance, budgeting, project timeline, etc. Proposals written by students must meet all of the guidelines (e.g., required sections, length, formatting, etc.) for a real funding opportunity (e.g., NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, etc.). Peer review at several stages of the process will encourage critical thinking. Required for 1st year PhD students, optional for other graduate students.

Prerequisites: (None)
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ESM 595SSPhD Seminar - Faculty Research Speaker Series [1 unit] Plantinga
Students will learn about interdisciplinary research conducted by Bren School faculty and will be exposed to diverse perspectives about the process of conducting interdisciplinary research. Students will attend research seminars given by four faculty members, read manuscripts or published papers on this research, and have discussions with the faculty members about their approaches to research. Required for 1st year PhD students, optional for other graduate students. First year students should take 1 unit in fall and 1 unit in spring.

Prerequisites: (None)
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ESM 596Directed Readings and Research  [1 - 12 units]  Staff
Independent study under the supervision of a Bren School faculty member (a faculty member from another department cannot supervise an ESM 596 course). Registration requires an ESM 596 Petition approved and signed by the supervising faculty member and the Assistant Dean before the start of the quarter. No petitions will be accepted after the 3rd week of the quarter. The ESM 596 Petition can be found on the Bren School website on the Class Schedule page. Registration in ESM 596 requires an “instructor code” that can be found on the Bren School website under Class Schedule or on GOLD. ESM 596 may be taken for a letter grade or S/U (as agreed upon by the instructor and the student). ESM 596 is a variable unit course; MESM students may apply a maximum of 4 units of ESM 596 towards their MESM degree requirements.

Prerequisites: (None)
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ESM 597 - Individual Study for Ph.D. Examinations  [1 - 12 units]  Staff
Instructor should be students major professor or chair of the doctoral committee. Instructor approval required to finalize enrollment.

Prerequisites: Instructor approval required to finalize enrollment.
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ESM 599 - Ph.D. Dissertation Research and Preparation  [1 - 12 units]  Staff
Instructor should be students major professor or chair of the doctoral committee. Instructor approval required to finalize enrollment.

Prerequisites: (None)
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