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Environmental & Natural Science Magnet

LMU Professor Partners with WESM's Environmental & Natural Science Magnet

We are thrilled to have Dr. Eric Strauss, appointed Presidential Professor at Loyola Marymount University and founder/director of LMU's Center for Urban Resiliance (CURes), has agreed to serve as a consultant for WESM's Environmental and Natural Science Magnet.

Professor Strauss comes to LMU from Boston College where he has served for 15 years as the Founding Director of Environmental Studies and a faculty member in the Biology Department. With research specialties in animal behavior, urban ecosystem dynamics and science education, Eric has extended the model for faculty activities by helping to co-found the Urban Ecology Institute in Boston, which provides educational, research and restoration programs to underserved neighborhoods and their residents. His team has been awarded over $7M in funding from the National Science Foundation to conduct urban ecology research, implement interdisciplinary secondary school ecology programs and develop the first national urban ecology curriculum for high school students.  In addition, Dr. Strauss is the Founding Editor of a web-based peer-reviewed journal, Cities and the Environment, which is funded in part by the USDA Forest Service. His work includes collaborative long term studies of coyotes and other vertebrates, conducted both in Boston and from a field station of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. His courses at Boston College have included Foundations of Urban Ecology, Animal Behavior, Ecology of a Dynamic Planet and a freshman seminar Courage To Know: Spiritual Ecology.