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Brooks, Cassandra Assistant Professor


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  • Professor Cassandra Brooks is an interdisciplinary scientist who works at the intersection of marine science, environmental policy, and science communication to study and seek solutions to pressing environmental problems. In recent years, her work has focused largely on marine protected areas in the Antarctic and in trying to understand how communities conserve natural resources on the global scale.


  • protected areas, marine protected areas, environmental governance, international environmental governances, common pool resources


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courses taught

  • ENVS 3030 - Topics in Environmental Social Sciences
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018
    Covers a variety of topics that may include human ecology, environment and society, and quantitative environmental social science. Offered depending upon instructor availability and student demand. Fulfills intermediate social science requirement for Environmental Studies major. Recommended prerequisite: ENVS 1000. Not repeatable for credit.
  • ENVS 3031 - Environmental Psychology
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Examines how people interact with the environment by examining theories and methods from Environmental Psychology. How does nature impact human well-being? How do people make decisions that have environmental consequences? How can we promote behavior change to reduce environmental degradation? Fulfills intermediate social science requirement for ENVS major.
  • ENVS 4800 - Capstone: Critical Thinking in Environmental Studies
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Spring 2020
    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 5702 - Policy, Politics and Management: Theory and Practice
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Spring 2020
    Provides an overview of the theoretical landscape for how policies are made, decisions are enacted and actors seek to influence policy and political outcomes. Students will learn tools of policy analysis and apply their understanding to cases of environmental, natural resource and related policies.


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