Research Agenda


Our research agenda has focused on merging science and policy, coalescing principles and data from basic research in thermodynamics of self-organizing system, ecology, energy systems, systems ecology, ecological economics, and ecological engineering into an understanding of human and environmental systems. Our research has spanned such global problems as population carrying capacity, greenhouse emissions, material fluxes in conventional and renewable energy production systems, and sustainable patterns of development at local, regional, national and global scales.

Our research has lead to the development of methods for quantifying environmental values, and their application to questions of energy policy and natural resource management throughout the world, helping developing nations understand their resource issues and to evaluate alternative solutions. Our research has addressed resource management questions in Thailand, Papua New Guinea, Mexico, Brazil, and Ecuador, the six countries of the “southern cone” of South America and most recently the Sahel region of northern Africa.

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