Ecosystem Management Initiative
EMI's current core activities
Faculty, staff and affiliates at EMI advance research, training and outreach in ecosystem management through a series of interconnected strategies. The major activities and projects currently under way include:
- Research and training in collaboration and negotiation, including a recent partnership with the USDA Forest Service to develop a collaboration and partnership resource website that includes case studies highlighting collaborative ecosystem-management efforts and lessons learned from a broad set of partnerships. The website: Learning from Experience: A National Resource for Collaboration and Partnerships will continue to grow as new cases are added over time.
- Research and training in evaluation and adaptive management, including written evaluation tools and an interactive web-based guide to evaluation that users can use to develop evaluation and adaptive management plans for their projects and organizations.
- Mid-career training opportunities in collaboration/negotiation and evaluation/adaptive management. These courses have ranged from one day trainings, to week long workshops, to more long-term facilitated planning processes.
How is the University of Michigan's School of Nautral Resourcse and the Environment addressing Ecosystem Management?
The School of Natural Resources and the Environment promotes ecosystem management research, training, and outreach through a series of interconnected strategies.
Financial support for EMI
The Ecosystem Management Initiative is funded through a combination of program grants and contributions from individual donors. For more information about supporting the EMI or its programs, please contact SNRE Professor Steve Yaffee at firstname.lastname@example.org, 734.615.6431).
EMI offers students many opportunities to get involved, enhance their resumes and meet valuable contacts. EMI Fellows are hired every semester to work on a wide range of projects, from case study research to planning and teaching workshops on collaborative ecosystem management. You may also apply to become a GSRA and gain practical experience while significantly contributing to EMI. EMI supports Master's Projects every year, where students work with faculty to provide real products for clients.
Please visit the Ecosystem Management Initiative Web site for more information.
Check out EMI if you are interested in:
- Ecosystem processes
- Landscape ecosystem classification
- Ecological restoration
- Conservation policy
- Collaborative and adaptive resource management
- Evaluation and strategic planning