AGRI 632 - Managing for Ecosystem Sustainability

  • 3 credits

This course introduces current and future land managers and natural resource decision-makers to the fundamentals of ecological and natural resource interactions that contribute to successful land management. How to interpret existing knowledge and understand the functioning of the land resource is a key element in this course. Also included are the impacts of ecological processes on production and management of the land. This course will equip students to better understand the consequences of using biological tools, fire, mechanical intervention and chemicals to manage land.

Important Information

AGRI 632 has been selected for endorsement by Colorado State University's School for Global Environmental Sustainability Curriculum Committee.

Textbooks and Materials

Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.


  • Resilience Thinking: Sustaining Ecosystems and People in a Changing World (2006)
    Walker, Brian and Salt, David


Robert Woodmansee
Robert Woodmansee

(970) 736-8153 |

Ph.D. Systems Ecology and Forest Soils, Colorado State University; M.S. Botany and Plant Ecology and B.S. Biology, University of New Mexico.

Dr. Woodmansee is Professor Emeritus, Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainablity and Senior Research Scientist and Former Director of the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory in the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University.

Mark Enns
Mark Enns

(970) 491-2722 |

Mark grew up working on the family’s fourth-generation wheat and cattle operation in northwest Oklahoma. Those early experiences stimulated his interest in livestock and agriculture and led him to undergraduate degrees from Tabor College, and master's and doctoral degrees in animal breeding and genetics from Colorado State University. After completing his education, he worked for two years in New Zealand for Landcorp Farming Ltd, the largest ranching company in that country. At Landcorp, he developed genetic improvement programs for beef cattle, deer, sheep, and goats. After his time in New Zealand, he spent 4 years at the University of Arizona and then joined the Department of Animal Sciences at Colorado State University in 2001.

As a professor at CSU he teaches courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in animal breeding and genetics. His primary research focus is on beef cow adaptability and genetic improvement in susceptibility to bovine respiratory disease and high mountain disease. He has special interest in using selection and genetic improvement to better profitability of beef production. Mark serves the beef industry through the CSU Center for Genetic Evaluation of Livestock—a center that calculates EPD for breed associations and producer groups both nationally and internationally. In addition he serves on the board of directors for the Beef Improvement Federation.