Spring 2021
ENS 202 - Environment and Sustainability II
Natural Sciences and Policy
Tuesday and Thursday 9:30-10:45 am
J. Anthony Stallins
University of Kentucky - Dept of Geography

Zoom office hours: Mondays 11 - 1 and Fridays 9 - 11
(Make appts through links available in Canvas)

1. The world viewed through sense, mind and context: where science and policy begin

Jan 26 T Introduction  
28 R  
2 T Philosophy and science The Lost Norse (Science)
4 R Scale We Cannot Live By Scepticism Alone (Nature)
9 T In-class unit assessment group preparation
Assessment 1 video due Monday Feb 22 in Canvas
Who Would Kill a Monk Seal? (NYTimes)
11 R  

2. Order, disorder, and complexity: science and policy
as co-evolutionary dynamic

16 T Ecological order and disorder  
18 R Complexity  
23 T Resilience theory Free Agents (Science)
25 R Adaptive management Can Humankind Escape the Tragedy of the Commons? (PNAS)
2 T In-class unit assessment review and group preparation Assessment 2 video due Monday March 15 in Canvas How To Stop the Wildfires (Persuasion)
4 R  
3. Understanding prediction and human behavior for environmental policy
9 T Cognitive biases and game theory  
11 R Models and modeling The Cognitive Biases Tricking your Brain (Atlantic)
16 T Climate change: from modeling to policy Nudging Pro-Environmental Behavior (Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution)
18 R Guest speaker
In-class unit assessment overview and group video preparation
Assessment 3 video due Monday April 5 in Canvas
Tit for Tat (Radiolab)
23 T  
25 R  

Rethinking biodiversity and conservation policy

30 T The limits of conservation policies  
1 R  
6 T The fuzzy concept of biodiversity The Last Two Northern White Rhinos on Earth (NYTimes)
8 R Discourses about megafauna conservation policies The Ultimate Pursuit in Hunting Sheep (NYTimes)
13 T Trophy (video)
15 R In-class unit assessment review and group preparation
Assessment 4 video due Monday April 26 in Canvas

5. Policies for the Anthropocene

20 T Environmentalist and ecomodernist policies
22 R The Problem With Putting a Price on the End of the World (NYTimes)
27 T Algorithmic Earth Wall Street Eyes Billions in the Colorado's Water (NYTimes)
29 R Financializing nature Animal Planet (NYTimes)
May 4 T Reading Days
6 R
7 F
13 R Assessment 5 due in Canvas before midnight