Monday, November 24, 2014 
Top Image Display(is skipping to image description)


People-Environment Interactions

People and Climate Variation

People and Resource Decisions

People and Adaptation to Change

People, Risk, and Resilience

Research, Education, and Evaluation


BECS long banner 600 X 69


      BECS comprises expertise in:

  • Socio-ecological systems, including climate-ecosystem interactions and resilience of human communities;
  • Decision sciences, including both analysis and decision-support;
  • Theory, policy, and practice of national and international sustainable development;
  • Biophysical and biogeochemical processes, including climate dynamics and elemental cycles;
  • Economic policy and analysis, including economic drivers of land use change, valuation of ecosystem services, and costs of impacts of environmental change;
  • Energy, natural resource management, and public and environmental health policy; and
  • Environmental governance, institutions, and processes, including risk analysis and governance.

BECS Members

Richard H. Moss (Chair)

Joint Global Change Research Institute

University of Maryland

Maria Carmen Lemos

School of Natural Resources & Environment

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Arun Agrawal

School of Natural Resources & Environment

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Dennis Ojima

Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory

Colorado State University

Joseph Arvai

Institute for Sustainable Energy, Environment & Economy

University of Calgary

Jonathan Overpeck

Institute of the Environment

University of Arizona

Anthony Bebbington (NAS)

Graduate School of Geography

Clark University

Stephen Polasky (NAS)

Department of Applied Economics

University of Minnesota

William Chandler

Transition Energy

Annapolis, Maryland

J. Timmons Roberts

Center for Environmental Studies

Brown University

F. Stuart (Terry) Chapin, III (NAS)

Institute of Arctic Biology

University of Alaska

James L. Sweeney

Precourt Energy Efficiency Center

Stanford University

Ruth DeFries (NAS)

Department of Ecology, Evolution & Environmental Biology

Columbia University

Kristie L. Ebi

School of Public Health

University of Washington


BECS brochure photostrip 2 Read about members





The National Academies