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Newton, Peter Assistant Professor

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  • Professor Peter Newton is an interdisciplinary scientist who studies the sustainability of socio-environmental systems, principally in tropical forest and agricultural landscapes. His work examines how governance interventions, such as policies and incentive programs, influence trade-offs and synergies between environmental, social, and economic outcomes. He is particularly interested in the role of local communities in natural resource management, and how conservation and development programs affect their livelihoods. He works mainly in Brazil and the US, but also with partners in Indonesia, Mozambique, Nepal, and elsewhere.

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  • environmental governance, tropical forests, sustainable agriculture, sustainable development, deforestation, livelihoods, community based natural resource management, climate change mitigation, land use change, environmental studies, food systems

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  • ENVS 3525 - Intermediate Environmental Problem Analysis: Topical Cornerstones
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Engages students in in-depth study of a topic such as climate change, energy, natural resources or sustainability. Through lectures, discussions, readings and activities, students will become conversant with how science, policy and values are integrated in environmental problem solving, and develop their own sense of how to critically engage with proposed solutions. Fulfills cornerstone requirement for Environmental Studies Major. Recommended prerequisite: ENVS 1000. Recommended corequisite: ENVS 3020. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours, provided the topics vary.
  • ENVS 4100 - Special Topics in Environmental Studies
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Various topics not normally covered in the curriculum: offered depending on student demand and specialties of faculty. Applied to specialization requirement for Environmental Studies major. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours, provided the topics vary.
  • ENVS 4800 - Capstone: Critical Thinking in Environmental Studies
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Examines a specific environmental topic in depth, synthesizing information from complex and controversial issues. Different course sections present different topics. Fulfills capstone requirement for Environmental Studies major. Recommended prerequisites: ENVS 1000 and ENVS 3020.
  • ENVS 5100 - Special Topics in Environmental Studies
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    A variety of topics not currently offered in curriculum; offered depending on instructor availability and student demand. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours, provided the topics vary.
  • ENVS 6305 - Reducing the Environmental Impact of Food Systems: Evidence-Based Solutions
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Explores the evidence and ideas underlying some of the most important contemporary food system debates. We will ask: in enhancing the environmental sustainability of food systems, what do the data tell us about the roles that can be played by genetically engineered food, organic agriculture, local food systems, changes to animal agriculture, and reductions in food waste? Students will draw on peer-reviewed research to address the science, policy, and ethical dimensions of these topics.

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