Graham Sustainability Institute

William Currie

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  • Environment and Sustainability

Dr. Currie’s research program focuses on bringing a systems and synthesis perspective to understand ecosystem function in the context of landscapes and regions, including the effects of human activities on ecosystems.  He develops and applies computer models of ecosystem function, collaborating with field ecologists, geographers, remote sensing scientists, hydrologists, and land management professionals. He has expertise in biogeochemistry, energy flows, nutrient cycling and carbon storage in the landscape, as well as watershed science and terrestrial-aquatic interactions.  With collaborators he studies social-ecological processes that relate to land use including forest use and forest fragmentation, agriculture and biofuels, the effects of urban sprawl, regional conservation planning, and vulnerability and change in coastal wetlands.  He is interested in furthering systems and synthesis approaches, including dynamic modeling, in the developing field of sustainability science and interested in the growing field of ‘convergence’ research in which investigators across disciplines work together to address intellectual challenges, opportunities, and pressing societal problems.   

Current sustainability courses taught

UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

My work contributes directly toward solving the United Nations SDGs listed below. Learn more.

Zero HungerClean Water and SanitationAffordable and Clean EnergyDecent Work and Economic GrowthResponsible Consumption and ProductionClimate ActionLife on Land


The affiliations listed below show engagement with the Graham Sustainability Institute.

  • Emerging Opportunities
    • Catalyst Grants
      • Team Member
    • Event Participant
  • Water Center
    • Freshwater
      • GL Leveraging Grants
        • Grant Recipient
    • Event Participant