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Mitchell Center Speaker Series

Fall 2017

September 11
Damming Decisions: Searching for sustainable solutions in New England rivers
Sam Roy, Postdoctoral Researcher, NEST Future of Dams Project, Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions

September 18
Protecting Maine’s Greatest Resource
Melanie Loyzim, Deputy Commissioner, Maine Department of Environmental Protection

Spring 2017

May 1
The Long Road from Pollution to Protection: History in the Making
Matt Scott, Aquatic Biologist

April 24
Let’s get emotional about wildlife conservation!
Carly Sponarski, Assistant Professor, Wildlife, Fisheries, & Conservation Biology

April 20
Valuing internal and external learning in natural resources decision making 
Byron Kenneth Williams, Executive Director, The Wildlife Society

April 17
Taking an integrative view of the Mexico City sustainability challenge
Timothy Downs, Associate Professor, Environmental Science and Policy, Clark University

April 10
From magnifying glass to microscope: the new National Water Model
David Maidement, Hussein M. Alharthy Centennial Chair in Civil Engineering, University of Texas at Austin

April 3
Dams and Fish: Understanding our impounded legacy
Joseph Zydlewski, Professor, Wildlife, Fisheries, & Conservation Biology; Assistant Unit Leader, USGS Maine Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit

March 27
Enhancing Biodiversity in the Corn Belt to Improve Environmental Quality and Crop Production
Matt Liebman, Professor of agronomy, H.A. Wallace Endowed Chair for Sustainable Agriculture, Iowa State University
Co-sponsored: School of Food & Agriculture

March 20
Frankenfood or Farm Fresh? Communicating Aquaculture’s Promises and Perils
Laura Rickard, Assistant Professor, Communication & Journalism, UMaine

February 27
Shifting Mindset: The Importance of Systems Thinking to Sustainability Leadership and Education
Betty J. Woodman, Maine Business School, UMaine

February 20
Food and Water Go Well Together – Pairing Stakeholder Engagement with Agriculture and Water Quality Management in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed
Kelly Shenk, Agricultural Advisor, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region III
Gary Shenk, Hydrologist, USGS at the Chesapeake Bay Program Office
(To view the video of this talk, please contact Carol Hamel at

January 30
Can Maine Prosper? Research, Leadership & Partnership for Economic Growth
Yellow Light Breen, Maine Development Foundation

February 6
George Mitchell: Building Consensus on Taxes, the Environment, and War
Speaker: Douglas Rooks, author, “Statesman: George Mitchell and the Art of the Possible”

January 23
From Frog Fungus to Smashed Dams; Maine science journalism and the (messed up) food chain of news
Murray Carpenter, author and journalist

Fall 2016

December 5
Damned If You Do, Dammed If You Don’t: The Evolution of Pro-Active Dam Removal over the Last Quarter Century
Speaker: Laura Wildman, Director, New England Regional Office, Princeton Hydro

November 21
Sustainability Lightning Talks
Lightning talks will focus on sustainability research by students in Maine.

November 14
Scaling Conservation: Translating Local Success into Global Impact
Speaker: Kate Dempsey, State Director of The Nature Conservancy in Maine

November 7
Resilient Communities and Fisheries Arise from Resilient Ecosystems
Speaker: Richard Merrick, Director, Scientific Programs and Chief Science Advisor, NOAA Fisheries

October 31
Bridging Political and Social Divides: Stories from a Civic Engagement Project
Bruce Mallory and Michele Holt-Shannon, New Hampshire Listens, Carsey School of Public Policy, University of New Hampshire

October 17
Creating a Decision Support Toolbox for Safe Beaches & Shellfish Harvests
Speakers: Decision Support Systems Team, NEST Safe Beaches & Shellfish

October 3
Conserving Small Natural Features with Large Ecological Importance
Speakers: Aram Calhoun and Malcolm ‘Mac’ Hunter, Professors, Wildlife, Fisheries & Conservation Biology, UMaine

September 26
Indicators of Community Well-Being for Maine’s Coast and Islands: Initial Results and Opportunities for Collaborative Research
Speaker: Heather Deese, Vice President, Research & Strategy, Island Institute

September 19
Banning the Bag: Local Government Opportunities in Sustainable Materials
Speaker: Travis Wagner, Professor, Dept. of Environmental Science and Policy, University of Southern Maine

September 12
Does the value of nature depend on whom you ask? Should it?
Speaker: Aaron Strong, Assistant Professor, School of Marine Sciences, University of Maine

September 2
Disturbance and Restoration in Streams (pdf of PowerPoint)
Sam Lake, Emeritus Professor, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
Audio and PowerPoint available.


Spring 2016

May 2
A World Upside Down: Charting climate and biodiversity futures in Africa and the global south
Phoebe Barnard, South African National Biodiversity Institute

April 18
Frederick Law Olmsted: Saving, Creating and Sustaining America’s Natural World
Gerry Wright

April 11
When Stories Leave the NEST: Online Archives for Stakeholder Engagement in Sustainability Science
Tyler Quiring, New England Sustainability Consortium, UMaine
Bridie McGreavy, Communication & Journalism, UMaine

April 4
Social and Environmental Impacts of Forest Management Certification: Insights from Indonesia
Daniela Miteva, The Nature Conservancy

March 28
Bridging the Gap between Science and Policy: Lessons Learned from the Delaware River Watershed
Carol Collier, Senior Advisor for Watershed Management and Policy, Drexel University Academy of Natural Sciences

March 21
Anticipating Surprises: The Role of Winter Weather-Climate Variability on Lake Ice Regimes in Maine
Mussie Beyene, PhD Candidate, Civil & Environmental Engineering, UMaine

February 29
Maine Lakes…Living on the Edge?
Aria Amirbahman, Stephen Norton (UMaine), Firooza Pavri (USM), Scott Williams (VLMP), and Linda Bacon (Maine DEP)

February 22
Second Nature: A historian’s search for sustainability in New England
Richard Judd, Dept. of History, UMaine

February 15
When Farming is like Fishing: Helping Farmers Understand Landscape Effects, Lessons from the Bee Mapper
Sam Hanes, Dept. of Anthropology, UMaine and Brianne Du Clos, PhD student, Ecology & Environmental Sciences, UMaine

February 8
Changing the Narrative: How Do We Make Sustainable Food Systems Sustainable?
Melissa Ladenheim, Mark Haggerty, François Amar, Danielle Walczak (fellow), Stephanie Welcomer, Linda Silka, John Jemison (Sustainable Food Systems Research Collaborative, UMaine) and Tim Waring, Ethan Tremblay (School of Economics, Maine)

February 1
Keystone Pipeline and Low Carbon Fuels: An Update on Transportation Energy Policy
Jonathan Rubin, Professor, Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center and School of Economics, Maine
January 25
From Anthropogenic Ecosystems to Zoonoses: Emerging Issues in Conservation
EES 590 Course Presentations. Instructors: Aram Calhoun, Malcolm Hunter
Fall 2015
November 30
Community Solar: Harnessing the Power of the People
Sharon Klein, Assistant Professor, School of EconomicsNovember 23
When water quality is the easy problem: An untold story of sustainability and human well-being
Bridie McGreavy, Assistant Professor, Communication & JournalismNovember 16Fish, Dams and Resilience: Dam(ned) tradeoffs between nature and technology (video link)
Karen Wilson, University of Southern MaineOctober 26
Where service learning meets sustainability: Connecting classrooms with communities for stewardship and civic engagement (video link)
UMaine Environmental Stewardship Service-Learning Group (Claire Sullivan, Dan Dixon, Cindy Isenhour, Sandra DeUrioste-Stone, Bridie McGreavy, Sharon Klein)October 19
Climate Change and Agriculture: Views from the Farm (video link)
Meredith T. Niles, University of Vermont

October 15
2015 Senator George J. Mitchell Lecture on Sustainability
When Science Meets Politics: Symphony or Slugfest? (video link)
Roger Pielke Jr., University of Colorado

Monday, October 5, 2015
Restoring the Rio Grande and Colorado Rivers: the visionary and the practical (video link)
Jack Schmidt, Utah State University

September 28
Adapting before it gets here: Forest Pests, Basketmaking, and Sustainability Science (video link)
Darren Ranco, Director, Native American Research, Associate Professor, Dept. of Anthropology & Senator George J. Mitchell Center

Monday, September 21, 2015
Got fish? Reflections on scientists’ roles in sustaining small-scale marine fisheries (video link)
Heather Leslie, Director, Darling Marine Center

Monday, September 14, 2015
Competing Visions of Sustainability: Scarcity or Abundance? (video link)
Bill Sheehan, Founder, UPSTREAM Policy Institute

Spring 2015

April 27, 2015
Back to the Future: Can we change our sustainability futures by looking at our past? (video link)
Mark Anderson, School of Economics, UMaine

April 13, 2015
Making Sense of Place in Maine (video link)
Carol Toner, Maine Studies Director, UMaine

April 6, 2015
Michael Cox, Dartmouth College
Synthesizing Theories of Environmental Governance (video link)

Monday February 16, 2015
Kate Beard, Fuyu Xu, UMaine
Spacial & Temporal Analysis of Beach and Shellfish Bed Water Quality Data (video link)

Monday February 9, 2015
Cindy Isenhour, Dept. of Anthropology, UMaine
Materials Management through Sustainable Consumption: Research, Policy and Practice (video link)

Fall 2014

Monday, November 17, 2014
Yong Chen, School of Marine Sciences, UMaine
Christine Beitl, Dept. of Anthropology, UMaine
Collaborative Interdisciplinary Research for Understanding Bycatch in the Maine Lobster Fishery (video link)

Monday, November 10, 2014
Robin Alden, Penobscot East Resource Center
Ecosystem management in a changing climate: What do fishermen have to do with it? (video link)

Monday, October 27, 2014
Jon Devine, Senior Attorney, Water Program, Natural Resources Defense Council
We All Swim Downstream: Policy Solutions to Beach Water Pollution (video link)

Monday, October 20, 2014
Dave Owen, University of Maine School of Law
Trading Dams: The Penobscot River Restoration Project and the Future of Dam Law (video link)

Monday, October 6, 2014
Nicholas Giudice, School of Computing and Information Science, University of Maine
Using virtual reality as a tool for improving wind energy visualization (video link)

Thursday, October 2, 2014
Mitchell Lecture on Sustainability
William Clark, Harvard University
Mobilizing Knowledge to Shape a Sustainable Future (video link)

Friday, September 26, 2014
Daniel Murphy, University of Cinncinati
Engaging Future Vulnerability and Adaptation Using Landscape-Sale Iterative Scenario-Building (video link)

Spring 2014

Monday, February 24, 2014
Keri Kaczor, Maine Healthy Beaches Program, UMaine Cooperative Extension
Turbulence: Healthy Beaches, Watersheds and Tourist Economies (video link)
Presentation slides (pdf)

Archived Seminars

Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Kohl Kanwit, Maine Dept. of Marine Resources
Clean Clams: Assessing Human Impacts and Protecting Public Health

Friday, November 15, 2013
Mark Lapping, University of Southern Maine
Can Food Become an Economic Driver for the Maine Economy?

Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Frank Drummond, University of Maine
Two Years in…or Even Cowgirls Get the Blues…or the Unhappy Tea Party…or a Glimpse at a Multidisciplinary, Multi-State Pollination Project

Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Barry Costa-Pierce, Marine Science Center at UNE
Ecological Aquaculture: The Evolution of the Blue Revolution

Thursday, October 3, 2013
Dr. Jordan Karubian
Can Community-Based Partnership Improve the Way We Do Science: A Case Study from a Conservation Hotspot in Ecuador

Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Jane Lubchenco – Mitchell Lecture on Sustainability
Science Serving Society: Achieving Real-World Solutions

Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Robert J. Johnston, Clark University
Integrating Biophysical and Economic Data for Ecosystem Service Valuation: From Cooling Water to Coastal Flooding

Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Vic Sher, Vic Sher Law
Communicating Science in the Courtroom: What Scientists Need to Know

Monday, February 18, 2013
AAAS Annual Meeting, Boston, MA
What are the Roles of Knowledge Institutions in Sustainability?

November 13, 2012
Tom Schueler, Chesapeake Stormwater Network
Can Urban Watersheds Be Sustainable?

November 6, 2012
David Secord
From Academia to Philanthropy: Ruminations on the Journey

October 25, 2012
Michael Fotos, Yale University
Operational Polycentricity: Sustainable Governance and Governance for Sustainability

September 25, 2012
2012 Mitchell Lecture on Sustainability
A Call to Arms for a Transition to Sustainability
Keynote speaker: Pamela Matson

March 29, 2012
David Sloan Wilson, SUNY
Using Evolution to Improve the Quality of Life

February 23, 2012
Robert Jacobson
Conceptualizing and Communicating Ecological River RestorationRe-Engineering the Lower Missouri River For Ecosystem Recovery: A Long Strange Trip

October 13, 2011
2011 Mitchell Lecture on Sustainability
Helping Science Speak for Itself: Improving Communication Between Scientists and Citizens
Keynote speaker: Baruch Fischhoff

September 21, 2011
Phil Nyden
Do We Know it All? Combining Community and University Knowledge in Research

June 2011
Dr. Robert Kates
Keynote address at the Institute of Resource Assessment
Sustainability Science: Ideas & Practice

Maine Sustainability & Water Conference

2015 – Safe Beaches & Shellfish Session (video link)

2013 – Maine Water Conference Plenary

  • Craig Williamson, Miami University, OH
    Managing Water Resources in a Changing Climate: Deciphering the Sentinel Responses of Lakes in a Warmer and Wetter World
  • Timothy Ford, University of New England, ME
    Global Studies in Water and Health: Implications for Maine