Sustainability Talks

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Fall 2017 Sustainability Talks

All talks are at 3pm in 107 Norman Smith Hall unless otherwise indicated.

We are adding speakers to our fall schedule on a regular basis. Please check back for more information.

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

Thursday, September 21 at 1pm, Hauck Auditorium
2017 Senator George J. Mitchell Lecture on Sustainability
Facts vs. Values: How can we make better decisions?
Thomas Dietz, Michigan State University

September 25
The Sustainable Plate – Reflections of a US Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Member
Miriam Nelson, Director, Sustainability Institute, University of New Hampshire

Friday, September 29 at 11am, 107 Norman Smith Hall
Sustainability Success through Community Conservation
Anthony Charles, School of the Environment and School of Business, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia

October 2
Title: TBA
Karin Limburg, Professor, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry

October 16
Title: TBA
Michael Haedicke, Associate Professor of Sociology, Drake University

October 23
Build it and they will come
Tony Grassi

October 30
The Puzzle of Making the Local Food Movement Sustainable: The Challenge of the Supply Chain
UMaine Food to Institution Team: Mark Haggerty, Linda Silka, Stephanie Welcomer, Melissa Ladenheim and Michaela Murray

November 13
Title: TBA
Local Food Lab

November 27
Dirty Weeds Done Dirt Cheap: Coupling weed ecology and economics to aid farmer decision-making
Sonja K. Birthisel, PhD Student, Ecology & Environmental Sciences, UMaine

Spring 2017 Sustainability Talks

All talks are at 3pm in 107 Norman Smith Hall unless otherwise indicated.

January 23
From Frog Fungus to Smashed Dams; Maine science journalism and the (messed up) food chain of news
Murray Carpenter, author and journalist
Co-sponsored: Dept. of Communication & Journalism

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
Douglas Rooks, author, “Statesman: George Mitchell and the Art of the Possible”

February 13 (rescheduled to April 24)
Let’s get emotional about wildlife conservation!
Carly Sponarski, Assistant Professor, Wildlife, Fisheries, & Conservation Biology

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

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

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

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

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

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

April 20
Valuing internal and external learning in natural resources decision making (see Video on Demand page)
Byron Kenneth Williams, Executive Director, The Wildlife Society

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

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

Fall 2016 Seminar Series

All seminars are at 3pm in 107 Norman Smith Hall unless otherwise indicated.

Friday, September 2, 3:15pm, 107 Norman Smith Hall
Disturbance and Restoration in Streams
Speaker: Sam Lake, Emeritus Professor, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
Co-sponsored by the School of Biology & Ecology

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 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 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

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

October 17
Creating a Decision Support Toolbox for Safe Beaches & Shellfish Harvests
Speakers: Kate Beard, Damian Brady, Brian McGill, Bridie McGreavy, Sam Roy, Sean Smith; Decision Support Systems Team, NEST Safe Beaches & Shellfish

October 24
Maine’s Energy Planning Roadmap – An Opportunity for Collaboration
Jeff Marks, Executive Director, E2Tech

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

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

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

November 21
Sustainability Lightning Talks
Lightning talks will focus on sustainability research by students in Maine. Click on the link for a list of students and talk titles.

Savoring Maine’s Artisan Cheese: Opportunities, Challenges, and Prospects for Sustainability
Speaker: Jeff Roberts, President, Cow Creek Creative Ventures

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

Spring 2016 Seminar Series

All seminars are at 3pm in 107 Norman Smith Hall unless otherwise indicated.

January 25
From Anthropogenic Ecosystems to Zoonoses: Emerging Issues in Conservation
EES 590 Course Presentations. Instructors: Aram Calhoun, Malcolm Hunter

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

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

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

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

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

April 25 – CANCELLED
Maine’s Energy Planning Roadmap – An Opportunity for Collaboration
Jeff Marks, Executive Director, E2Tech

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

May 18 at 4 pm
Engaging in Sustainability Debates: The Role of Universities, Experts, and Journalists in Promoting Collaboration and Innovation
Matthew C. Nisbet, Associate Professor of Communication, Northeastern University

Fall 2015 Seminar Series

All seminars are at 3pm in 107 Norman Smith Hall unless otherwise indicated. We have also prepared a list of suggested readings to accompany each seminar. Click here for a complete list of readings or on each seminar below for individual selections.

September 14
Competing Visions of Sustainability: Scarcity or Abundance?
Bill Sheehan, Executive Director, UPSTREAM Policy Institute

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

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

October 5
Restoring the Rio Grande and Colorado Rivers: the visionary and the practical
Jack Schmidt, Utah State

October 15
Senator George J. Mitchell Lecture on Sustainability
Thursday at 1pm, Wells Conference Center
When Science Meets Politics: Symphony or Slugfest?
Roger Pielke Jr., University of Colorado

October 19
Climate Change and Agriculture: Views from the Farm
Meredith T. Niles, University of Vermont

October 26
Where service learning meets sustainability: Connecting classrooms with communities for stewardship and civic engagement
UMaine Environmental Stewardship Service-Learning Group (Claire Sullivan, Dan Dixon, Cindy Isenhour, Sandra DeUrioste-Stone, Bridie McGreavy, Sharon Klein)

November 2
Talking Trash: The Sustainability Challenge Hiding in Plain Sight
Materials Management Team

November 9
Adaptive Management: So You Say It’s a Key to Resilience?
Josh Stoll, Doctoral Candidate, School of Marine Sciences

November 16
Fish, Dams and Resilience: Dam(ned) tradeoffs between nature and technology
Karen Wilson, University of Southern Maine

November 23
When water quality is the easy problem: An untold story of sustainability and human well-being
Bridie McGreavy, Assistant Professor, Communication & Journalism

November 30
Community Solar: Harnessing the Power of the People
Sharon Klein, Assistant Professor, School of Economics

Seminar Archive

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

April 20, 2015
Building Capacity for Socio-Environmental Problem Solving: A Design for Learning and Adaptation at SESYNC
Jonathan Kramer, SESYNC
3:00pm, 107 Norman Smith Hall

April 13, 2015
Making Sense of Place in Maine
Carol Toner, Maine Studies Director
3:00pm, 107 Norman Smith Hall

April 6, 2015
Synthesizing Theories of Environmental Governance
Michael Cox, Dartmouth College
3:00pm, 107 Norman Smith Hall

April 3, 2015
Sustaining Coupled Social-ecological Marine Systems
Heather Leslie, Brown University
8:45am, 354 Aubert Hall

March 23, 2015
How Maine Blueberry Growers Use Wild Bees: Learning from a Sustainability Transition in Progress
Sam Hanes, Dept. of Anthropology
Brianne Du Clos, Ecology & Environmental Sciences

March 16, 2015
Brian McGill, School of Biology & Ecology and Senator George J. Mitchell Center
Decision Support Systems and Stakeholder Engagement

February 23, 2015
John M. Hagan, Manomet Ctr. for Conservation Sciences
The Science of When Science Doesn’t Matter (and What to Do About It)

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

Fall 2014 Seminar Series

Monday, September 15
Damian Brady, School of Marine Sciences, University of Maine
How Models Influence Environmental Policy Decision-Making: Lessons Learned from Models of Nutrient Loading and Hypoxia

Friday, September 19 at 3pm
Bobbi Peckarsky, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Potential effects of climate change on stream organisms
*100 Murray Hall

Monday, September 22
Rebecca Jordan, Rutgers University
Development of Citizen Science Programs and Evaluation of Outcomes

Friday, September 26 at 12pm*
Dan Murphy, University of Cincinnati
Engaging Future Vulnerability and Adaptation Using Landscape-scale Iterative Scenario-Building

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

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

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

Monday, November 3
Jonathan Kramer, National Socio-environmental Synthesis Center
Building Capacity for Socio-Environmental Problem Solving: A Design for Learning and Adaptation at SESYNC

Monday, November 10
Robin Alden, Executive Director, Penobscot East Resource Center
Ecosystem management in a changing climate: What do fishermen have to do with it?

Thursday, November 13
Peter Wilcock, Johns Hopkins University; Utah State
Sediment, scale, and stakeholders – clearing the muddy waters of the Minnesota River Watershed

Monday, November 17
Yong Chen and Christine Beitl
School of Marine Sciences, Dept. of Anthropology, University of Maine
Collaborative Interdisciplinary Research for Understanding Bycatch in the Maine Lobster Fishery