Human societies and earth systems are in constant co-evolution, while anthropogenic impacts on the environment can be both intensified and dampened by natural feedback loops. Our collaborative group of international researchers seeks to establish a baseline understanding of how ecosystems function naturally and quantify the influence of human activities such as land use change, deforestation, water management, and greenhouse gas emissions on these processes on global, regional, and local scales.



Exploring the interconnection between 

watersheds, human societies, and coastal oceans    

Ecosystems Research

Nick Ward, PhD