ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES PROGRAM NEWSLETTER
February 19, 2006
In this issue:
** UPCOMING ES EVENTS: Mellon Environment and Justice Fellow Christopher Thoms delivers ES lunchtime lecture Wednesday
** ES PROGRAM NEWS: Professor Tietenberg is seeking a research assistant
** IN THE NEWS: ME DEP urges legislative ban on fire retardant
** GRAD/RESEARCH PROGRAMS: Shoals Marine Lab, Virginia Tech
** UPCOMING ES EVENTS:
"Community Natural Resource Management - The Case of Community Forestry in Nepal"
Wednesday, February 21
12:00 in the Fairchild Room in Dana. Join us at 11:30 for lunch with Christopher.
Dr. Christopher Thoms
Nepalese Community forestry is one of the worldÕs most ambitious and highly regarded examples of community natural resource management (CNRM). CNRM approaches devolve centralized, State management of natural resources to vest considerable management authority to local people. Community forests are constituted by government foresters who enroll local forest resource users into Community Forest User Groups (CFUG). Once formed, Community Forest User Groups have rights of access, use, and exclusion, but no rights of tenure to their forestland. In practice if not intent, the governmentÕs user group formation process, supported in part by foreign financial and technical assistance, reflects and exacerbates existing divisions within communities, leading to or at least maintaining elite domination of user groups. Outcomes are mixed in that forest conservation is generally successful, while the programÕs potential for improving local livelihoods is constrained by bureaucratic structures and the wider institutional environment.
Dr. Christopher Thoms completed his Ph.D. at the University of Michigan and its School of Natural Resources and Environment where his dissertation research examined the role of United Kingdom aid to Nepal in shaping community forestry policy. This research was supported by the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program and the Social Science Research CouncilÕs International Dissertation Research Fellowship. Dr. Thoms first become interested in Nepal and its community forestry program as a Peace Corps Volunteer in 1997.
Dr. Thoms is currently the Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in Environment and Justice at Colby
** ES PROGRAM NEWS:
Professor Tietenberg is seeking a research assistant to help with preparing an article for publication and with updating some of the material in his textbook. Some preference will be given to applicants who have taken EC 231 or its equivalent elsewhere. Anyone who is interested should contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or drop by his office at Diamond 374.
** IN THE NEWS:
DEP urges legislative ban on fire retardant
By Kevin Miller
Friday, February 16, 2007 - Bangor Daily News
AUGUSTA — State environmental regulators began making a case Thursday for a legislative ban on a common chemical flame retardant in televisions that recent studies have linked to brain development problems in laboratory mice.Staff with MaineÕs Center for Disease Control and the Department of Environmental Protection told lawmakers that the chemical compound decaBDE, while an effective flame retardant, is leaching potential toxins into the air and the environment. The leading fire inhibitor used in television cases today, deca, the name by which it is commonly known, is now found in humans, wildlife and the environment throughout the globe, including in the Arctic.
Most alarming, deca becomes airborne in dust as the chemical degrades over time. Scientific studies have shown that deca, when inhaled or ingested, accumulates in humansÕ fatty tissues and has been identified in breast milk. In a report presented to a legislative committee Thursday, DEP staff recommended that the Legislature ban the sale of televisions and other electronics equipment encased in plastic made with deca. The ban would take effect in 2012 to allow the industry time to adjust.
The department is also recommending a ban, beginning next year, on mattresses and other upholstered furniture containing deca. That ban is a proactive move, however, because few of those products currently use deca. "The slow release of decaBDE from these products has led to widespread environmental contamination," reads the reportÕs conclusion. "Levels in human tissue, human breast milk and the food we eat are cause for concern."
Maine banned two related polybrominated fire retardants, known as "octa" and "penta," in consumer products beginning last year. At the time, the Legislature asked the DEP to report back on whether safer alternatives to deca exist in order to extend the ban. The DEPÕs report states that safe alternatives already exist that provide just as much fire protection as deca. The fact that several major manufacturers, including the worldÕs leading television maker, Sony, are moving away from deca shows the alternatives are both technically feasible and affordable, the report said. Raymond Dawson, a representative of the Louisiana-based flame retardant manufacturer Albemarle, acknowledged that deca has environmental problems and said the industry is working to address those issues.
Several environmental and health groups have made banning deca one of their top priorities for the current legislative session. They are also enlisting the support of MaineÕs firefighting community.
** GRAD/RESEARCH PROGRAMS:
Shoals Marine Lab has over $100,000 available in scholarship aid for anyone who applies for a credit course. We are dedicated to making this life-changing experience affordable for our students. Financial aid applications are included in acceptance packets.
Deadlines: Apply for a course by March 1 2007 for best course and aid availability. For Cornell students: Bartels Founders Scholarship deadline is February 15th 2007. Questions? See Financing your Shoals Experience on our web site or email LHJ1@cornell.edu
Graduate Position Available at Virginia Tech
PhD program in Urban Affairs and Planning, School of Public and International Affairs or MS and PhD programs in Forestry, College of Natural Resources.
Topic: Collaborative Decision-making in Natural Resource Management
Faculty in the Program in Urban Affairs and Planning and in the College of Natural Resources at Virginia Tech are seeking qualified students for MS or PhD graduate programs. Opportunities exist to work with a multidisciplinary research team on projects such as The Nature Conservancy's Fire Learning Network ( < http://tncfire.org/training_usfln.htm>
http://tncfire.org/training_usfln.htm). We have multi-year funding to support a new candidate to join a faculty - graduate student team pursuing this research. In addition to receiving financial support, successful candidates can co-author journal articles with project PI's, receive training in grant-writing, have the opportunity to teach at the undergraduate level and attend conferences.
Criteria for Selection: Background in social science research, including interviewing and discourse analysis, as well as environment and natural resources are strongly desired. Please contact:
Bruce Goldstein ( < mailto:email@example.com> firstname.lastname@example.org;
Study Wildlands in Montana
Combine interdisciplinary coursework, field learning, small classes and community engagement.
We are currently accepting applications for the University of Montana Wilderness and Civilization Program; applications are due April 1, 2007 for the 2007-2008 academic year (early admissions applications are due Feb. 15). If you have students interested in wilderness and wildlands studies please make them aware of this opportunity. This interdisciplinary two-semester program is designed to complement any major and offers students a minor in Wilderness Studies. In this program, students combine classroom learning from across campus with regular field trips throughout Montana to study ecology, politics, history, culture, and conservation efforts. A brief description of the program follows and a full description including course syllabi can be found at www.forestry.umt.edu/wc. A FAQ sheet about the program is also attached here. Out-of-state students may participate through the National Student Exchange and other programs. If students have further questions about the program please refer them to the Wilderness Institute, email@example.com, 243.5361, or Main Hall 303.
The Wilderness and Civilization Program
offering Students a Wilderness Studies Minor at The University of Montana
Applications for 2007- 2008 program are due April 1, 2007 (Feb. 15 for early admission)
For information about The University of Montana visit www.umt.edu
College of Forestry and Conservation
The University of Montana
Missoula, MT 59812
** JOBS AND INTERNSHIPS:
Oxfam America Seeks Student Workers for 2007-2008
The Oxfam America CHANGE Initiative is now accepting student applications for the 2007-2008 academic year. Here is your chance to become more involved with Oxfam! The CHANGE Initiative aims to develop capable and confident young leaders who are active agents for positive social change. Oxfam is looking for a diverse group of undergraduate students - rising sophomores and juniors - committed to social justice issues. Students must have an interest in global issues, including mining, Fair Trade
coffee, hunger, and international trade, and be willing to carry out campaigns on their campuses and in their communities. Applications are due April 1, 2007.
Apply online at www.oxfamamerica.org/change. If you have any questions, please call 800-77-OXFAM ext. 2464 or email CHANGE@oxfamamerica.org.
Teton Science Schools
Environmental Education Interns
March 31, 2007
The Teton Science Schools of Jackson Hole, Wyoming is seeking four motivated interns who want to develop and enhance their teaching skills while working with children in outdoor settings. Interns have the opportunity to work with student day programs (grades 1-6) or residential student programs (grade 4-12). Interns work with experienced lead instructors to teach lessons on geology, ecology, biology and watersheds and help with additional responsibilities as needed. This is a mentored learning experience. Interns will work closely with experienced environmental educators and Teton Science Schools faculty throughout the internship.
Successful applicants will be at least 21 years of age with a background and interest in environmental science, education, and working with children. Current first aid and CPR certification and a clean driving record are required. Because of the educational nature of this internship, preference will be given to applicants who intended to integrate this experience into their academic plan.
Duration: June 4 - August 17, 2007
Start Date: June 4, 2007
Compensation: Interns receive work-study stipend of $800 plus room and board. Graduate credits through Utah State University may also be pursued with the addition of assigned academic course work.
Application Procedure: Send a cover letter, resume, academic plan and two letters of reference to:
John Haskin, PhD
Director of Education
Teton Science Schools
PO Box 68
1 Ditch Creek Rd.
Kelly, WY 83011
Tanglewood 4H Camp and Learning Center
Discovery Trip Leaders
As a Trip Leader, you will have a great opportunity to improve your leadership skills by attending a two week training which includes both the trip-based and in-camp aspects of this program. You will also learn about MaineÕs outdoors, explore the natural world, make new friends, have fun and make a difference in the lives of many young people through positive interactions.
¥Co-lead a variety of 6-day/5-night outdoor trips for youth ages 10-17 using Leave No Trace principles
¥Implement 5-day, 2 hour long outdoor living focus curriculum for residential campers when not leading a trip
¥Plan lessons, itineraries, schedules, and menus for each trip
¥Supervise participants to provide essential safety, preparation, and well-being for the group, as well as deal with camper issues such as homesickness and inexperience
¥Facilitate group conflicts and strive to encourage problem solving and decision making
¥Role model healthy, positive energy and communication
¥Teach environmental education and general ecology, as well as a variety of skills such as low-impact camping, canoeing, backpacking, map and compass, communication, and basic first aid
¥Maintain equipment, program spaces, Packout Room, and prepare for food ordering
¥Provide logistical support for other trips (when not leading), e.g. emergency contact, food preparation, van driving, food drops and trip planning
¥Support and/or assist in some camp programs and duties when not on trip
¥Evaluate program with campers, Program Coordinator and Camp Directors.
¥Participate in community chores, meal service, and miscellaneous maintenance duties as required
¥Alert, flexible, energetic, creative, enthusiastic team player; appreciate the natural world
¥Two years related outdoors experience and related experiences working with youth
¥Wilderness First Aid or equivalent advanced first aid and Basic Life Support
¥Ability to lead groups outdoors over various terrain with gear
¥Able to follow a demanding schedule and know own limits
Preferred: Wilderness First Responder, driverÕs license, Small Craft Water Safety Certification , 21+ years of age
Duration: June 13- August 18, 2007
Start Date: June 13, 2007
Compensation: $2000/ summer, base salary; room and board
Application Procedure: Please visit our website for online application: www.tanglewood4h.org or call Jessica Decke (207-789-5802) for an application.
Marine Ecology Internships at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab
Position description / availability - We are seeking applicants to help conduct research on several projects currently being conducted in various benthic communities. These projects focus on benthic community structures, the effects of nutrient enrichment, and oyster growth and restoration.
Research will be based at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab in the Mobile Bay area of the Northern Gulf Coast. The interns will work closely with Professor Ken Heck, Research Associate Dottie Byron, and graduate students.
We are looking for interns for both spring and fall seasons. The duration of the internship is about 3 months. The internship will have a flexible start date with summer interns starting on or about May 14, 2007 continuing through August 10, 2007. Fall interns will start on
August 17, 2007 and continue through November 16, 2007. You may apply for both seasons if you wish.
Duties and responsibilities - This internship will be field intensive at times. Field research will include monthly seagrass and faunal sampling at Robinson Island in Orange Beach, Alabama and monthly oyster reef sampling near Dauphin Island (for more information regarding current projects, please check the Marine Ecology Lab website at http://marineecologylab.disl.org). Applicants should have their own snorkel gear (both seasons) and wet suit (fall season only). Interns will be involved in sample processing and will receive training in sample identification and analytical instrumentation. There will also be numerous opportunities to learn other ecological field sampling techniques. In addition, there will be seminars from visiting scientists and discussion groups on current topics in marine science.
We are seeking people who are enthusiastic about marine ecology and may be considering marine science as an occupation. This job requires long days of physically demanding field work and long hours sorting samples in the lab. Experience (although not necessary), as well as enthusiasm about marine research, are important aspects of a rewarding internship. This is a great opportunity for hands-on training in the field and laboratory.
Stipend - A weekly stipend of $150 and a room and board allowance ($150/week) will be provided.
Eligibility - Undergraduate juniors and seniors enrolled in marine programs or with marine experience are preferred. Graduating seniors are also welcome to apply. This internship is available only to U.S. and Canadian citizens.
Application Instructions - The application is now a fillable pdf form, and can be accessed at http://marineecologylab.disl.org/. You must have Acrobat Reader installed to view the application. If you do not have Acrobat Reader, you can visit http://www.adobe.com to download a FREE copy. Although not required, we would prefer if you emailed your application using the "Submit by Email" link on the last page of the application. Upon selecting the email form option, on-screen instructions will appear. You may also print a copy of your application and submit it via fax to (251) 861-7540 Attn: Dottie Byron or via mail to
Marine Ecology Lab Intern Program
Dauphin Island Sea Lab
101 Bienville Blvd.
Dauphin Island, AL 36528
If at any time during the application process, you have questions or problems with the fillable pdf form, you may contact Dottie Byron via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via
phone (251) 861-2179.
Application Deadline is: March 30, 2007
We will notify interns by: April 6, 2007
Maine DEP Air Bureau has urgent need for a recent college graduate who could serve 5-6 months in an AmeriCorp Environmental Educator Volunteer position doing a school energy/greenhouse gas emission survey for k-12 schools in the state. This position entails contacting school officials to inquire about their energy use, calculating their ghg emissions (using our software), documenting what the school officials see as energy efficiency needs/opportunities in their schools and to educate them about the future RGGI public benefits program that could help fund such projects. A final project report prepared at the end of the 5 month project will provide information that the state will use to identify opportunities for greenhouse gas reduction projects in school facilities.
The volunteer will also be assisting in education outreach projects with DEP and Maine Energy Education Program staff - to a few (possibly 8) schools - working with high school students there to do a guide them in conducting comprehensive school energy use survey and help them identify potential energy efficiency opportunities.
The position is based in Augusta - works 40 hours/week for 5-6 months. The AmeriCorp Environmental Educator position with the DEP Air Bureau is looking for someone to begin immediately and last through August. The stipend offered by AmeriCorp is about $210 per week and also has an educational award at the end of service - payable to college loans or other college programs.
For more information, contact Deb Avalone-King at Maine DEP phone 207.287-7028 or by email at email@example.com .
To apply for the position contact Jo Hersom of the Maine Conservation Corp at 207.287-4398
Summer Land Trust Position Available
Islesboro Islands Trust, a successful, 22 year-old land trust in midcoast Maine, is seeking a well-rounded individual to help with our programs during the summer of 2007. This full time, temporary position will involve environmental education work approximately 2-3 days per week, with the remainder of the week devoted to preserve stewardship and other responsibilities.
IIT offers a nature day camp on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for children ages 3 to 11, as well as two three-day sea kayaking and camping trips for kids ages 12 to 15. The successful applicant will work with a staff member to organize and teach our nature day camp programs, and will also be a co-leader on both sea kayaking trips. Primary job responsibilities for this portion of the position include helping with the development of day camp programs, leading games and activities, teaching sea kayaking to kids, leading overnight camping trips, maintaining a safe and respectful camp environment, and some logistical work as needed. In addition to the environmental education work, the successful applicant will assist with a wide variety of stewardship tasks, with a primary focus on volunteer training and management. Additional areas of focus may include ecological inventory, GPS/GIS mapping, preserve usage monitoring, digital photography, trail maintenance, and invasive species control. This part of the position will require flexibility, initiative, and an interest in working on a wide variety of stewardship programs.
We seek a responsible individual who is experienced working with children and able to make a commitment for the entire season. Paddling and camping experience, excellent leadership skills, and a working knowledge of the Maine outdoors are very important. Lifeguard and/or Maine Trip Leader certification would be a big plus, as would experience with any of the stewardship tasks listed above. This position is located on Islesboro, an island community in Penobscot Bay separated from the mainland by a 20-minute ferry ride. This position will begin on June 18th and continue through August 22nd when day camp programs end. IIT offers a competitive stipend, and free on-island housing is available. To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Islesboro Islands Trust at P.O. Box 182, Islesboro, ME 04848 or firstname.lastname@example.org. This position is open until filled