David L. Stokes
Examines the changing arena of policy. Topics are relevant to current issues and may include the following: policy and gender; transportation policy in Puget Sound; policies of aging; and environmental policy.
Biodiversity Conservation and Local Land-use Planning
Local governments have an important role to play in conserving biological diversity. However, although conservation scientists have written volumes about how to conserve biodiversity, there is little indication that this information is influencing local land-use planning in a meaningful way. In this course, a research collaboration among faculty and graduate students from four institutions, UWB, North Carolina State University, Iowa State University, and Simon Fraser University we will address the question: "Where is conservation science in local planning?" Together we will formulate questions, collect and analyze data, and develop results that seek to improve our understanding of the use of conservation science in local land use planning with the ultimate goal of learning how conservation could be improved at the local level.
Students and faculty will work together as a team in this research effort. We will build off of a previous collaborative research effort, pursuing similar questions, but using different research methodologies. The research team on each campus will address a local area; ours is the three-county area of King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties. We will coordinate our efforts across the three campuses using a combination of computer-based technologies.
This is an opportunity for students to gain experience in conducting research, analyzing data, working as a research team collaborating with diverse studentsand faculty elsewhere, and making a significant contribution to solving a real problem.
This is a graduate level class; however undergraduates may register with permission of instructor.
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