Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory

The Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory

A center of excellence in ecosystem science since 1969.

The Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory is an interdisciplinary ecology research and teaching unit at Colorado State University. Our mission is to improve understanding of the complex interactions between ecosystems, humans, and management activities.


NREL/ESS Fall 2014 Seminar Series

 "Sense and Sustainability
Hosted by Dan Binkley (NREL/ESS) and Tom Stohlgren (NREL)

We try to make sense of complex ecological systems, and to use these insights to help ensure future conditions that aren’t too bad. The idea of “sustaining” is older than the idea of “ecological systems,” and sustainability may or may not be a good fit for complex, dynamic systems. Lily Tomlin once said, “Maybe if we started listening to history, it wouldn’t have to keep repeating itself.”  It’s not clear that we should expect dynamic ecological systems to show stable conditions, nor stable cycles. Throw in human systems that clearly are not constant or consistent in interactions with ecosystems, and perhaps wise people would shy from prediction and beliefs in sustainability. But maybe, just maybe…

This semester’s seminar series will explore ideas of dynamics in complex ecological systems, and how ideas of sustainability might help or hinder our hopes for the future. 

Fridays, 11:00 AM - 12 Noon
A302-304, Third Floor, Natural and Environmental Sciences Building

Click on NREL/ESS Fall 2014 Seminar Series link for a detailed schedule.