Fall 2018 Invited Speaker Seminar Series
NRS 501: Social-Ecological Systems
Seminar Context and Goal
Natural and cultural resource managers and decision-makers need to integrate social and ecological knowledge in order to understand and address complex environmental challenges. This message is clear in both theory and practice: we hear it coming from stakeholders who employ our NRS graduates, and through our development of new knowledge within the scientific community. NRS is designing curricula, research and outreach in a social-ecological context because this will help prepare our students to be successful professionals in our ever changing world. The goal of this seminar is to provide for our faculty, staff and students opportunities to host, interact with and learn from a diversity of leading professionals and scholars who design and implement their work in a social-ecological framework.
Seminars will occur on the following Thursdays from 3:30-4:20pm Pacific Time
College of Natural Resources room 203 A
Thursday Sept 6
Dr. Leona Svancara, Spatial Ecologist
Idaho Department of Fish and Game and University of Idaho, Moscow, ID
"Managing Idaho's Wildlife in a Social-Ecological System Framework? Insights, Challenges, and Opportunities"
Thursday Sept 20
Dr. Kristal Jones, Social Science Researcher
Center for Large Landscape Conservation and SESYNC, Bozeman, MT
"Empirical and epistemological challenges in interdisciplinary socio-environmental systems research."
Thursday Oct 4
Dr. Emma Norman, Professor and Chair
Native Environmental Science Department, NW Indian College, Bellingham, WA
“Starting from Where you Stand: Place-based pedagogy and Indigenous Knowledge Systems in STEM education and research”
Thursday Oct 18
Dr. Todd Brinkman, Professor and Director
Institute of Arctic Biology, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, AK
"Exploring the impact of climate change on access to ecosystems services in Alaska"
Thursday Nov 1
Dr. Tom Koontz, Professor
School of Interdisciplinary Arts-Sciences, University of Washington-Tacoma
"Policy Research for Social-Ecological Systems: Institutions and Governance"
Thursday Nov 15
Dr. Toddi Steelman, Stanback Dean and Professor
Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University, Durham, NC
“U.S. Wildfire Policy as Socio-ecological Problem”
Thursday Dec 6
Mr. Chip Corsi, Regional Supervisor Northern Region
Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Coeur d’Alene, ID
"Righteously Right or Effectively Right – a Case for Pragmatism and Public Ownership in the Management and Conservation of Natural Resources"