Jonathan Lefcheck, From: Micro to Macro
Schaefer 106 @ 4:45PM
Species are going extinct at a rate that is unprecedented in the history of planet Earth, yet it remains unclear what the loss of biodiversity means for the goods and services we value as human begins. From microscopic invertebrates to the scale of the entire globe, I demonstrate the key role different aspects of biodiversity play in our oceans, including examples from seagrass, coral, kelp, and rocky reef ecosystems. These results integrate across broad disciplines, including metabolic theory and ecophysiology, behavioral, community and ecosystem ecology, macroecology, and global change biology. An emerging ‘next generation of biodiversity science may provide the tools to better understand the role of diverse life in promoting healthy and productive coastal communities.
Nicole Fabricant, Whose Land? Our Land
Library 321 @ 4:40pm
Dr. Fabricant will discuss the uneven and racialized effects of environmental hazards and toxins in low-income communities of color in South Baltimore and the subsequent forms of organizing for more sustainable futures. She highlights the use of mapping and countermapping as a political arm or weapon of the struggle for communities of color to reclaim land and open spaces for alternative forms of growing, of economic exchange, and of learning.
Nicole Fabricant is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Towson University. She received a BA from Mount Holyoke College in 1999 in urban anthropology and a Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 2009. Dr. Fabricant’s research interests include social movements, cultural politics of resource extraction, urban anthropology, and environmental injustice/toxicity. She is the author of Mobilizing Bolivia’s Displaced: Indigenous Politics and the Struggle over Land (UNC 2012) and co-author with Bret Gustafson of Remapping Bolivia: Resources, Territory, and Indigeneity in Plurinational Bolivia. She is currently working on a book entitled Fighting to Breathe in the Black Butterfly: The Struggle for Land in Toxic South Baltimore.
Tom Horton, An Island Out of Time
Thursday, April 11th, 2019
Cole Cinema @ 5:30pm
A film that is both celebration and elegy for a place beset with rising sea levels and erosion, pollution and harvest restrictions, and young people seeking opportunities older generations of islanders never dreamed of—all this seen through the lens of the Marshall family of Smith Island, Maryland
Tom Horton is a writer for the Bay Journal. He wrote for the Baltimore Sun on environmental issues from 1972 through 2006. He is author of several books on the Chesapeake Bay, including Bay Country and Island Out of Time, and numerous articles for publications that include National Geographic, Rolling Stone and the New York Times. He is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University. He teaches writing and environmental topics at Salisbury University.
Natural Science & Math Colloquium, Science in Action
Wednesday, March 20th, 2019
Schaefer 106 @ 4:45 PM,
We will be welcoming back three alumni to learn how they translated their SMCM science degrees into exciting environmental careers. Carrie Kennedy ’99 is a Coastal Fisheries Program Manager at the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Damien Ossi ’97 is a Wildlife Biologist with the Washington DC Department of Energy and the Environment. Matt Robinson ’04 is an Environmental Protection Specialists with the Washington DC Department of Energy and the Environment. All panelists will share what their jobs are like on a daily basis, how their current job connects to what they learned at SMCM, and will share advice that they would have liked to have gotten when they were in college based on what they do now. There will also be plenty of time for questions from the audience.
Carolyn Finney, Signs of the Time: Black Faces, White Spaces & All Things Green
Library Room 321 @ 4:15 PM
Carolyn Finney, Ph.D., is a writer, performer, and cultural geographer. She is deeply interested in issues related to identity, difference, creativity, and resilience. In particular, she explores how issues of difference impacts participation in decisionmaking processes designed to address environmental issues. The aim of her work is to develop greater cultural competency within environmental organizations and institutions, challenge media outlets on their representation of difference, and increase awareness of how privilege shapes who gets to speak to environmental issues and determine policy and action. Carolyn has appeared on the Tavis Smiley Show, MSNBC, NPR and has been interviewed for numerous newspapers and magazines. Her first book, Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors was released in 2014 (UNC Press).
Hirt’s publications include a monograph on the history of national forest management since WWII (A Conspiracy of Optimism, 1994), two edited collections of essays on Northwest history (Terra Pacifica, 1998 and Northwest Lands, Northwest Peoples, 1999), and two-dozen articles and book chapters on environmental and western history. Hirt’s current research projects include (1) a monograph on the history of electric power in the US Northwest and British Columbia; (2) collaborative interdisciplinary research on water use, urban growth and sustainability in southern Arizona with scholars at the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability and Decision Center for a Desert City; (3) a public education program on “Nature, Culture and History at the Grand Canyon,” in partnership with the Grand Canyon Association and funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities http://www.asu.edu/clas/grandcanyonhistory/ and (4) a multi-university research, teaching and outreach program on the cultural and environmental history of the Sky Islands borderlands region of Arizona, New Mexico, Sonora and Chihuahua in collaboration with historians, geographers and ecologists at Arizona State University, University of Arizona, University of New Mexico and New Mexico State University. In his private life he is involved with regional conservation organizations and currently serves on the board of directors of the Sky Island Alliance based in Tucson, Arizona: http://www.skyislandalliance.org/
Mr. Corson is also the Acting Director of the NOAA Fisheries Office of Habitat Conservation, which protects, restores, and promotes stewardship of coastal and marine habitat to support our nation’s fisheries for future generations. His leadership on several fronts supports the agency’s mission: healthy and sustainable habitat that provides a range of benefits for abundant fish and wildlife, commercial and recreational opportunities, and resilient coastal communities that can withstand hurricanes, flooding, and other threats.
Goodstein is the author of a college textbook, Economics and the Environment, (2010) now in its sixth edition; Fighting for Love in the Century of Extinction: How Passion and Politics Can Stop Global Warming (2007); and The Trade-off Myth: Fact and Fiction about Jobs and the Environment. (1999). Articles by Goodstein have appeared in among other outlets, The Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Land Economics, Ecological Economics, and Environmental Management. His research has been featured in The New York Times, Scientific American, Time, Chemical and Engineering News, The Economist, USA Today, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. He serves on the editorial board of Sustainability: The Journal of Record, and Environment, Workplace and Employment, and is on the Steering Committee of Economics for Equity & the Environment. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Follett Corporation, and is on the advisory committee for Chevrolet’s Clean Energy Initiative.
A prolific author, he has published five books and more than 150 articles, essays, and reviews, and has given more than 200 invited lectures, conference papers, readings, and workshops. He edited and co-edited numerous important anthologies, including The Height of Our Mountains: Nature Writing from Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah Valley (1998); Reading the Earth: New Directions in the Study of Literature and Environment (1998); The ISLE Reader: Ecocriticism, 1993-2003 (2003); Reading the Roots: American Nature Writing before Walden (2004); and the Pulitzer Prize-nominated John Muir’s Last Journey: South to the Amazon and East to Africa (2001).
His creative nonfiction includes pieces that have received Honorable Mention for the Pushcart Prize and have been recognized as Notable Essays in The Best American Essays, The Best Creative Nonfiction, The Best American Science and Nature Writing, and The Best American Nonrequired Reading. His creative work has appeared in magazines and journals including Utne Reader, Orion, Ecotone, Isotope, Hawk and Handsaw, Places, Whole Terrain, Red Rock Review, Watershed, New South, and Terminus. He also writes a monthly essay called “Rants from the Hill” for High Country News.