Sustainability of Natural Resources
The greatest challenge to modern societies is the sustainable use of environmental resources, defined broadly to include genetic and biological diversity, harvestable biological productivity, and environmental quality and esthetics. To guarantee future generations equitable access to all of these resources requires improving the scientific understanding of the dynamics of resource use under contemporary societal pressures. Research by PICES faculty emphasizes interdisciplinary analyses of how human activities (i.e., resource use and population growth) affect the genetic, physiological and behavioral attributes of species, communities and ecosystems, as well as their vitality. PICES also provides a programmatic forum for sharing information about sustainability issues with citizens, public officials, and scientists relevant at local, national and global scales.