Broadly speaking, six research areas collectively describe the population research interests of the Center:
- Human-environment interactions
- Marine ecology
- Terrestrial ecology
- Public health
- Earth sciences
While faculty and students conduct some projects within their disciplinary specialties, the Center encourages interdisciplinary and integrative science that emphasizes the interactions between the human, terrestrial, and marine subsystems. This interdisciplinary work draws on faculty from diverse departments across campus (and our national and international collaborators) and brings them together around common research interests.