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Brooks, Cassandra

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research overview

  • Professor Cassandra Brooks is an interdisciplinary scientist who works at the intersection of marine science, environmental policy, and science communication to study and seek solutions to pressing environmental problems. In recent years, her work has focused largely on marine conservation in the Antarctic.


  • protected areas, marine protected areas, environmental governance, international environmental governances, common pool resources


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courses taught

  • ENVM 5013 - Environmental Governance: Actors and Institutions
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2024
    This course will incorporate a theoretical understanding of how policies are made, what decisions are enacted, and which actors seek to influence policy outcomes. Students in this class will assess frameworks for understanding policy formation and decision-making, and apply this understanding to cases of environmental and natural resource policy. This course will provide a baseline understanding of concepts including: Common Pool Resource Management, Social Ecological Systems, Local and Traditional Ecological Knowledge, Treaties, Compacts, Storymaps, Public Engagement, and Media Engagement.
  • ENVS 3030 - Topics in Environmental Social Sciences
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018
    Covers a variety of topics that may include human ecology, environment and society, and quantitative environmental social science. Offered depending upon instructor availability and student demand. Fulfills intermediate social science requirement for Environmental Studies major. Recommended prerequisite: ENVS 1000. Not repeatable for credit.
  • ENVS 3033 - Governing the Environment
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020 / Fall 2021 / Fall 2023
    Examines how, when, and why human communities succeed in conserving environmental commons. Using a marine lens and taking a social-ecological systems approach, this course will provide foundations in environmental governance while examining case studies from local to global scale. Utilizes lecture, discussion, group work, literature, film, guest speakers, and class projects to study environmental problems and their solutions, including the student's personal role in governing natural resources. Fulfills intermediate social science requirement for ENVS major. Recommended prerequisite: ENVS 1000.
  • ENVS 4800 - Capstone: Critical Thinking in Environmental Studies
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2021
    Examines a specific environmental topic in depth, synthesizing information from complex and controversial issues. Different course sections present different topics. Fulfills capstone requirement for Environmental Studies major. Recommended prerequisites: ENVS 1000 and ENVS 3020.
  • ENVS 4850 - ENVS Honors Thesis Research
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2021 / Spring 2022 / Fall 2022 / Spring 2023 / Fall 2023
    To be taken in final academic year prior to graduation. Consists of honors research and thesis preparation under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Department enforced restriction: Requires a minimum 3.3 GPA and a declared ENVS major and approval by departmental honors committee.
  • ENVS 4950 - Seminar: ENVS Honors Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2022 / Spring 2023 / Spring 2024
    Offers an opportunity for students who are either in the process of writing an Honors thesis, or are in the early process of conducting Honors research, to receive guidance on the process of thesis writing, evaluation and presentation of research results, and defending a thesis. Thesis requirements and the role of the A&S Honors Council will be discussed. Also offers the opportunity to hear practice defense talks from the graduating Honors candidates. Department enforced prerequisite: Requires a minimum 3.3 GPA and a declared ENVS major and approval by departmental honors committee.
  • ENVS 5702 - Policy, Politics and Management: Theory and Practice
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2021 / Spring 2022 / Spring 2023
    Provides an examination of environmental governance issues across scales, from local to global. Focuses on foundational theory while critically examining empirical case studies of success and failure in managing common pool resources. Emphasizes understanding the role of diverse actors and institutions in driving environmental outcomes. Students will obtain practical tools and skills towards facilitating environmental sustainability of natural resources across scales.
  • ENVS 6950 - Master's Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2021


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