Isaac Brown, D.Env.
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Bachelor of Science in Resource Ecology & Management, University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment Master of Landscape Architecture, University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment Doctorate in Environmental Science and Engineering, UCLA Institute of Environment and Sustainability
Isaac Brown is a Senior Scientist at Stillwater Sciences and USC faculty member specializing in urban ecology and ecological design. Dr. Brown is nationally recognized for his work as a landscape ecologist, planner, and designer specializing in urban biodiversity and ecosystem management solutions for projects ranging in scale from individual parcels to metropolitan regions. He has applied these concepts for the City of Los Angeles, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, the Singapore Urban Redevelopment Authority, Arizona State Lands, and a variety of other public and private sector clients worldwide. His doctoral research included developing a biodiversity index for the City of Los Angeles and a comprehensive framework for managing urban biodiversity, ecosystem services, pollution, and environmental hazards. This is the first attempt to create a comprehensive ecosystem stewardship framework for L.A.’s built environment and represents a promising new direction for sustainability of cities worldwide.
Related Links: www.linkedin.com/in/isaac-brown-ecology-studio, https://www.latimes.com/environment/story/2020-10-05/conservationists-want-to-build-a-fish-passage-through-downtown-los-angeles-for-steelhead-trout, https://digitalcommons.lmu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1238&context=cate, https://escholarship.org/uc/item/4c81w4nr
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With over 80 percent of the U.S. population living in urban areas, “cities” have become human’s new natural habitat. Landscape architects, architects, planners, geospatial analysts and other disciplines/professionals can play a key role in the creation of more “symbiotic cities”—places where people, plants, and other animals coexist. This shift necessitates a substantive understanding of the interwoven ecological, social-political and economic systems at play in urban areas. This course aims to expose students to a deeper understanding of the major concepts, principles and applications of ecology that are most relevant to the design and transformation of urban areas.