Dr. Burgess's research focuses on economic growth futures and their environmental impacts, natural resource management and conservation, mathematical modeling of human-environment systems, and political polarization of environmental issues. He uses a combination of mathematical and computer modeling, data synthesis, and collaboration with stakeholders, in order to make conceptual advances and link them to practice. Disciplinarily, his research blends natural resource and environmental economics with ecology and applied mathematics.
ECON 3535 - Natural Resource Economics
Integrates economic analysis with life science aspects of natural resource systems to develop social policies for use of natural resources. Studies economists' approaches to resources policy analysis and applies them to energy, forestry, fisheries, mineral and water systems. Credit given in this course is not included in the calculation of an economics major GPA. Degree credit not granted for this course and ECON 4535.
ENVS 1001 - Introduction to Developing Environmental Solutions
Builds on ENVS 1000 to give students greater understanding of how to approach environmental issues and work toward solutions. Integrates all focal areas of ENVS - sciences, policy, values - with greatest emphasis on learning science, data analysis and critical thinking fundamentals. Uses case studies of local issues to provide context for skill building and synthesis.
ENVS 4100 - Special Topics in Environmental Studies
Spring 2019 / Spring 2020
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.