Jansujwicz, Jessica

Research Assistant ProfessorJessica J.
5710 Norman Smith Hall, Room 222
University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469

As an applied social scientist with a focus on the human dimensions of natural resources, I work at the interface between science and policy. My scholarship and research is driven by concern for the gap between scientific knowledge production and effective conservation action. Broadly, my research focuses on the connection between humans and natural resources and aims to integrate stakeholder values, concerns, and information needs into policy development, conservation planning, scientific research, and program design and implementation. Past and current research topics include regulatory and community-based approaches to vernal pool conservation, sustainable development of tidal power, and trade-offs in decision-making regarding the future of dams in New England.

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Future of Dams Project

Selected publications:

McGreavy, B., A. Calhoun, J. Jansujwicz, and V. Levesque (in press) Citizen science and natural resource governance: Program design for vernal pool policy innovation. Ecology and Society.

Jansujwicz, J.S. and T.R. Johnson. 2014. The Maine Tidal Power Initiative: Transdisciplinary sustainability science research for the responsible development of tidal power. Sustainability Science DOI 10.1007/s11625-014-0263-7.

Calhoun, A.J.K., J.S. Jansujwicz, M.L. Hunter, and K.P. Bell.  2014.  Improving management of small natural features on private lands by negotiating the science-policy boundary for Maine vernal pools. The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences DOI: 10.1073.

Jansujwicz, J.S. and T.R. Johnson. 2013. Understanding and informing permitting decisions for tidal energy development using an adaptive management framework. Estuaries and Coasts DOI: 10.1007/s12237-013-9678-0.

Jansujwicz, J.S., A.J. K. Calhoun, J.E. Leahy, and R.J. Lilieholm. 2013. Using mixed methods to develop a frame-based private landowner typology. Society & Natural Resources: An International Journal 26(8): 945-961 DOI:10.1080/08941920.2012.729294.

Johnson, T.R., J.S. Jansujwicz, and G. Zydlewski. 2013. Tidal power development in Maine:  Stakeholder identification and perceptions of engagement. Estuaries and Coasts DOI 10.1007/s12237-013-9703-3.

Jansujwicz, J.S., A.J.K. Calhoun, and R.J. Lilieholm. 2013. The Maine Vernal Pool Mapping and Assessment Program: Engaging municipal officials and private landowners in community-based citizen science. Environmental Management 52(6): 1369-1385 DOI 10.1007/s00267-013-0168-8.

Jansujwicz, J.S. and A.J.K. Calhoun.  2010.  Protecting natural resources on private lands: The role of collaboration in land-use planning.  In Trombulak, S., and R. Baldwin, eds. Landscape-scale Conservation Planning. New York, NY: Springer-Verlag, pp. 205-233.

Jansujwicz, J.S. 1999.  Property rights organizations: backlash against regulation. In R.H. Platt, ed. Disasters and Democracy: The Politics of Extreme Natural Events.  Washington, D.C.: Island Press, pp. 109-130.