This course will explore the challenges of managing ecosystems by focusing on both structure (i.e. species, populations, communities) and function (i.e. ecosystem services), grounded in the best available science. We will examine how humans have transformed landscapes and evaluate management strategies for both terrestrial and marine systems. Students will gain the scientific grounding and the practical skills necessary to evaluate the use of science in mgmt efforts through a semester-long case study project, mini-presentations, and writing assignments. Discussions will focus on current controversies in conservation science. Open to DEL-MEM students only. Online course. Instructor: Vidra