Red and white square tiles in the Robin's Nest Café.

AboutWhat is human ecology?

Dean Soyeon Shim

Since becoming the dean in 2012, I’m often asked, “What is human ecology?” For me, the answer is simple—it is an applied human science that studies the question of everyday life. It is everything that touches us and everything that we touch to improve the quality of life.

It is also about a study of people – children, families and individuals – with a goal of helping others. Each area of study seeks ways to improve our world by helping people, from bolstering communities and better understanding our phases of life to enriching living environments and financial security at every age.