Elise Granek is an assistant professor of environmental science and management at Portland State University. She teaches and conducts research on marine conservation science and management. She is codirector of the NSF-funded Integrative Graduate Education, Research, and Training program, Ecosystem Services for Urbanizing Regions.

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Policymakers and resource managers often frame ecosystem services management challenges as a matter of protecting natural areas outside of cities. Assuring good stewardship of nature’s services in rural areas is indeed crucial but is only part of the solution. Over 50 percent of the world’s human population now resides in urban areas, a figure …

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