Interdisciplinary Methods for Social-Ecological Systems Science | SMS 598

This virtual 2-credit University of Maine graduate course will introduce students to interdisciplinary methods for designing and carrying out studies of coastal social-ecological systems (SESs) that tackle real-world sustainability challenges. Researchers interested in contributing to marine conservation and management need to be fluent in multiple disciplines to achieve sustainability solutions that are appropriate to the social and ecological situations where they are needed.

Students in this course will engage in hands-on learning of field methods in ecology and sociology, and will learn to design field studies rooted in SES theory. Students will also learn effective strategies for communicating interdisciplinary science to diverse audiences, and will have the opportunity to design an independent SES study of their own.

Instructors: Kara Pellowe and Heather Leslie, University of Maine.

  • Please pre-register online before March 15, using this FORM
  • Course Dates: Tuesdays 12 noon-2 pm EDT, May 18-August 3, 2021
  • Course Format: Online Synchronously
  • Course Size: 20 participants
  • Anticipated University of Maine graduate course tuition and fees: $648
  • For more information, please contact the lead instructor, Dr. Kara Pellowe, by email at, with ”SES Course” in the subject of your message.