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Each year, the Marsh Institute sponsors formal lectures and seminars that expose faculty and students to contemporary research on human-environment interactions, foster rich discussions, and catalyze future research.

Spring 2024 Seminar Series

February 22, 2024

Serita Frey

Professor of Environmental Science, University of New Hampshire

(co-sponsored with Department of Biology)

“Forest Ecosystem Responses to Climate Change”

Note: This seminar will be held in the Lasry Center for Bioscience, Room 237

March 28, 2024

Mimi Sheller

Dean of The Global School, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

(co-sponsored with Graduate School of Geography)

“Climate Change and Mobility Justice”

Seminars are co-sponsored by the George Perkins Marsh Institute/Jeanne X. Kasperson Library Seminar Series and the Debra I. and Jeffrey A. Geller Endowed Lecture Series. All seminars are open to the public and will take place 12:15-1:15 p.m. in the Grace Conference Room, University Center. The format is a 45-minute presentation followed by 15 minutes of questions and discussion. Interaction with speakers is encouraged. Light refreshments will be provided. Details of these seminars and other events related to the mission of the institute can be found on the Calendar of Events.

Previous Seminar Series

  • 9/21/2023 – Jeffrey Cardille, Associate Professor, McGill University, Sipping from the Data Firehose: Insights from Bayesian Inference, Power Computing, and Generalization
  • 9/28/2023 – J. Timmons Roberts, Ittleson Professor of Environmental Studies and Sociology, Brown University, From Denial to Delay: Obstruction of Action on Climate Change
  • 10/26/2023 – Gilbert Metcalf, John DiBiaggio Professor of Citizenship and Public Service and Professor of Economics, Tufts University, The Climate Crisis: How Did We Get Here and What Can We Do?
  • 11/9/2023 – Benjamin Sovacool, Professor in the Department of Earth & Environment, Boston University,Decarbonisation and its Discontents: A Critical Justice Perspective on Four Low-Carbon Transitions
  • 10/20/2022 – Stefanie Covino, Blackstone Watershed Collaborative, Creating Practitioners for the Blackstone Watershed: Bridging Academia to Community Partnerships for Climate Resilience
  • 11/3/2022 – Rebecca Dickson, TerraCarbon LLC, From Research to Practice: The Need for Science Driven REDD Policy
  • 11/17/2022 – Max Ritts, Clark University, Environmental Conservation in an age of Data Sovereignty: Reflections from the North Coast
  • 1/26/2023 – Jon Denton Schneider, Clark University, Deworming as HIV Prevention for Young Women: Evidence from Zimbabwe
  • 2/23/2023 – Gustavo Oliveira, Clark University, Sustainable and Transparent Soy Supply Chains? A Political Ecology Critique of Neo-Malthusianism and Eco-Modernization Theory
  • 3/23/2023 – Robert J. Johnston, Clark University, and Linda Cote, Clark University, Understanding Requirements for IRB Approval and Exemption Under the Revised Common Rule: How to (Without Frustration) Compose a Successful Protocol for Human Subjects Research
  • 3/30/2023 – Lisa Schipper, University of Bonn, Acting on Climate Change Adaptation – When Science, Policy, and Practice Don’t Align
  • 9/30/2021 – Stefanie Covino, Blackstone Watershed Collaborative, The Future of the Blackstone Watershed
  • 10/28/2021 – Bonnie Ram, Center for Research in Wind Energy, Hurry Up but Wait: Gigawatt-Scale Deployments of Offshore Wind Power and Cross-Cultural Stakeholder Engagements
  • 11/18/2021 – Abby Frazier, Clark University, Climate Variability and Drought in Pacific Islands
  • 2/3/2022 – Asha Best, Clark University, Towards a Critical Geospatial Analysis of Police Violence
  • 3/3/2022 – Florencia Sangermano, Clark University, Connecting Massachusetts’ Landscapes to Soundscapes
  • 4/7/2022 – Theo Eisenman, UMass Amherst, Challenges and Opportunities in Urban Greening Theory and Practice
  • 4/14/2022 – Morgan Grove, USDA Forest Service, Regenerative Urban Ecology: A Next Phase for Science and Society
  • 9/12/2019 – Youjin Chung, Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Geography, Clark University, Conservation, Agro-Industrialization, and Land-Water Enclosures in Coastal Tanzania
  • 10/3/2019 – Michael Mann, Associate Professor, Dept. of Geography, George Washington University, Predicting High-Magnitude, Low-Frequency Crop Losses Using Machine Learning: An Application to Cereal Crops in Ethiopia
  • 11/14/2019 – Adrian Treves, Professor of Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Scientific Integrity and Just Preservation
  • 11/21/2019 – Jenn Baka, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, Penn State, Cracking Appalachia: A Political-Industrial Ecology Perspective
  • 1/30/2020 – Chi Ho Sham, Eastern Research Group, Inc., Protection of Drinking Water Supply Sources:
    Challenges, Successes, and Lessons Learned
  • 3/12/2020 – Robert Johnston, Director, George Perkins Marsh Institute and Professor of Economics, Clark University, Secrets of Research Proposal Success: What Top Grant-Writers Know
  • 3/26/2020 –Theo Eisenman, UMass Amherst , Architecture and Regional Planning — Challenges and Opportunities in Urban Greening Theory and Practice
  • 4/2/2020 – Martín Abregú, Ford Foundation, Natural Resource Extraction as a Problem of Social Justice: What Role for Civil Society?
  • 9/20/2018 – Jim Wescoat, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, School of Architecture and Planning, Geographies of Rurban Drinking Water Planning in Pune District, Maharashtra
  • 10/18/2018 – David Newburn, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Maryland, Water Quality Trading in the Presence of Existing Cost Share Programs: Implications for Water Quality Management in the Chesapeake Bay
  • 10/24/2018 – Wil Burns, School of International Service, American University, Into the Great Wide Open: The Promise, and Potential Perils, of Climate Geoengineering
  • 11/15/2018 – Lisa Wainger, University of Maryland, Center for Environmental Science Practical, Application of Economics in Evaluating the Benefits of Restoring the Chesapeake Bay Ecosystem
  • 1/24/2019 – Robert Johnston, Director, George Perkins Marsh Institute, Clark University, How to Develop Successful Collaborative Grant Projects and Proposals
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