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Graduate Pursuit: Power of the pen: constructing social-ecological narratives of coral reefs in news media and links to policy action

 

Power of the pen: constructing social-ecological narratives of coral reefs in news media and links to policy action

We propose integrating three case studies from around the world into a conservation culturomics approach. We will synthesize long-term reef monitoring data, a corpus of thousands of local and global media articles, and policy and management actions into a single analytical framework to assess direct and indirect linkages that may influence conservation efforts in unexpected ways.

Pursuit: Soil as a social ecological feedback: Mapping the social and ecological processes for agroecosystem resilience in the era of climate change

 

"Soil as a social ecological feedback: Mapping the social and ecological processes for agroecosystem resilience in the era of climate change"

Social science research indicates that soil health can act as a “social-ecological feedback” which is a result of direct producer experiences managing for weather variability and extremes and their impact to their soil resources.

Workshop: Advancing interdisciplinary research on social-ecological networks to understand ecosystem services across scales

 

Advancing interdisciplinary research on social-ecological networks to understand ecosystem services across scales

The benefits people receive from nature (ecosystem services) depend on interactions between people and the natural environment. However, pressures, such as climate change, land-use change, invasive species, and increased demand for food commodities, all present challenges for sustaining these ecosystem services.

Graduate Pursuit: From Storms to Plowshares: A Multi-Scale Spatial Risk Analysis of Hurricane Maria’s Impacts on Puerto Rico’s Agro-Food System

 

From Storms to Plowshares: A Multi-Scale Spatial Risk Analysis of Hurricane Maria’s Impacts on Puerto Rico’s Agro-Food System

In September 2017, Hurricane Maria caused catastrophic damage to many aspects of life and landscape in Puerto Rico. A year after the hurricane made landfall the island continues its struggle toward recovery, yet in the future extreme events like Hurricane Maria are projected to increase in frequency and severity due to climate change.

Pursuit: A forecast of the timing, locations, sequence and likeliest destinations of populations displaced by sea level rise and coastal extremes

 

A forecast of the timing, locations, sequence and likeliest destinations of populations displaced by sea level rise and coastal extremes

Over the coming centuries, the climate hazards with greatest potential to drive permanent human migration are the short- and long-term interaction of coastal extreme flooding and sea-level rise (SLR).  Recognizing that large, sudden migrations can be destabilizing (e.g.

Graduate Pursuit: The globalization of conservation: How public perceptions of biodiversity and international trade patterns shape mangrove conservation

 

"The globalization of conservation: How public perceptions of biodiversity and international trade patterns shape mangrove conservation"

Although conservation is implemented locally, the forces that shape conservation policy and decision-making are increasingly global. Simultaneously promoting human prosperity while protecting biodiversity requires an understanding of how interactions between global and local forces shape conservation management.

Graduate Pursuit: Distilling the Public Discourses and Nexus between Water Quality and Social Inequality

 

Distilling the Public Discourses and Nexus between Water Quality and Social Inequality

Access to clean water is a fundamental human right. Though water quality has been examined in environmental justice research, the degradation of domestic water resources has been overlooked, especially in areas with a legacy of extractive industries. Water quality environmental justice research almost exclusively studies after-the-tap water quality, rather than ambient surface water and groundwater.

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