The Civic Ecology Lab is founded on the belief that humans can act to enhance the social-ecological systems of which they are a part.
Through integrating research and outreach, students and faculty working in the Lab seek to understand and support community-based stewardship practices, including community forestry, community gardening, and watershed restoration.
Our work centers on the role of civic ecology practices in communities facing conflict, disaster, and other social, economic, and environmental stresses as well as the meanings people attribute to these practices.
We also seek to understand and support learning that occurs through engagement in civic ecology practices – learning about how people in cities and other harsh environments contribute to local biological and cultural diversity and to ecosystem services.
Photo credits: Adam Green/Joaquin Cotten/www.rockingtheboat.org, Annik La Farge, Alex Russ