everglads and housing development

Ecosystems & Society

The School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences’ diverse research program seeks to addresses many of today’s most critical issues facing society including global climate change, public health, food and water availability, water and soil quality, carbon sequestration, air pollution, and the sustainable use and management of natural resources. Studies are often performed in collaboration with other disciplines as well as with other universities, federal agencies and international organizations.

Researcher working in wetland with others


Our research seeks to improve our understanding of ecosystem health and functioning, and environmental and societal impacts of climate variability and change.

soil samples from the field

Water & Soils

SFWS faculty conduct research to address ecological and societal issues impacting the sustainable use and management of soil and water resources throughout the world.

student reading sample label from soils


We study the drivers of vector-borne illness such as human-animal-environmental interactions, climate change, population growth, land use/cover changes, and alterations in disease vector ecology.

social scientist records park user survey

Human Dimensions

Our research explores the human values, beliefs, norms, attitudes, and behaviors associated with natural resources management to address contemporary environmental problems and inform decision-making.

collared mother black bear with cubs


Balancing the needs of society with the sustainable use of resources is a core value of all SFWS research which seeks to investigate ecological and social systems to best inform decision makers so they can be managed where both ecosystems and human systems flourish.