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Natural-Human Systems in the Urbanizing Tropics IGERT

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Academic Level:
Graduate Students (Masters)
Graduate Students (PhD)

The novel feature of the research theme is the focus on interactions between human and natural systems in the urbanizing tropics, rather than the more common focus on deforestation and related problems. The interdisciplinary feature will be the research and training focus on interactions between human activity and ecological systems.

IGERT research can focus on many topics involving environmental themes in the urbanized tropics such as climate, water, biodiversity, and urban system services. Dissertations will have both natural and social science components by focusing on the following interactions: 1. How does human activity alter ecosystems, and, in turn, how do altered ecosystem services change human activity? And 2. How do we use answers to these questions to shape and implement solutions for environmental problems in the urbanizing tropics?

The UPR IGERT Program approaches these research questions by bringing faculty and the students together in an interdisciplinary and collaborative framework. Reflecting the strong interaction between natural and human systems, both research theme and training in the IGERT program will be based on an iterative model of human-environment interactions.

 • Note: no longer accepting students

Participating Institution(s):
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Universidad de Puerto Rico, Río Piedras

Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Environmental Sciences
Natural Resources
Urban Planning & Design

Behavioral Ecology
Climate Change
Community & Regional Development
Community Ecology
Ecosystem Science
Environmental Design
Environmental Economics
Environmental Policy
Forest Ecology
Population & Environment
Sustainable Development
Sustainable Engineering
Sustainable Water Use
Tropical Conservation
Urban Environmental Sustainability

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This program is funded by:
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Page last updated 2/3/2017
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