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 social-ecological systems (SESs) that tackle real-world sustainability challenges. Researchers interested in contributing to the sustainable management of natural resources need to be fluent in multiple disciplines to produce information appropriate to the social and ecological situations where it is needed.

Students in this course will engage in hands-on learning of field methods in ecology and sociology, and will learn to design multi-method 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.

Instructor: Kara Pellowe, University of Maine.

  • Please pre-register online by March 30, using this FORM
  • Course Dates: Tuesdays 12 noon-2 pm EDT, May 17-August 2, 2022
  • Course Format: Distance Synchronous
  • Course Size: 20 participants
  • Anticipated University of Maine tuition and required fees: $1096

For more information, please contact the lead instructor, Dr. Kara Pellowe, by email at, with ”SES Course” in the subject of your message.