Lunches are held in the Fairchild Room, Dana
11:30 lunch, 12:00 lecture

Where in the world did ES majors spend their summers interning?
This session is broken in two; Sept 10 and Sept 17.Come hear about the diverse agencies that some ES majors spent the summer with.

Rocky Mountain Biological Lab, CO
Urban Beekeeping Lab, MA
Wildlife Conservation Society, NY
Environment Maine, ME
Environmental Health Strategies Center, ME
adidas Group, MA
American Wind Energy Association, D.C.
Gulf of Maine Research Institute, ME
PDX Wildlife, WA
Better Farm, NY

 

GIS: A Godsend or a Curse?
Wednesday, October 8
Manny Gimond, GIS & Quantitative Analysis Specialist, Colby

The acronym “GIS” is ubiquitous: you hear it mentioned in the workplace environment, you see it referenced in journal articles and you view elaborate vendor booths at professional conferences praising its god-like abilities. Yet some will only first hear of it while in college and most others may never be exposed to a “GIS” until they join the workforce. So what is a GIS? Colby’s GIS and Quantitative Analysis Specialist (and avid homesteader), Manny Gimond, will demystify the GIS culture by tracing its history back to the mid-20th century and by highlighting its usage in today’s workplace environment. In addition to pointing out its virtues, Manny will also expose its darker sides by discussing its hidden costs and pitfalls for the working professional

 

Fisheries Economics and Population Diversity
Wednesday, October 15
Sunny Jardine, Assistant Prof., University of Delaware, College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment

The classic depiction of the “tragedy of the commons” in fisheries is that there will be too many boats chasing after too few fish”. This well-known illustration of the fisheries problem focuses on fishermen’s effort decisions. New research in the field, however, high- lights the importance of the fact that fishermen make decisions along multiple margins, which adds to the complexity of outcomes predicted to occur in a common pool resources setting. The first part of this talk will provide an overview of the field of fisheries econom- ics, discussing the commons problem in the context of fisheries and the phenomenon of rent dissipation. The second part of the talk will expand on how biodiversity is one margin along which rents can be dissipated. I will provide an example from my own research, which examines the impact of seafood markets on salmon biodiversity.

 

Local Wood Works: Conserving Land in Central Maine
Wednesday, October 22
Matt Silverman ’13, Kennebec Land Trust

 

Offshore Wind Energy: Challenges and Opportunities
Wednesday, November 5
Alison Bates, Visiting Fellow in Environmental Studies, Colby

 

That Dam Lake: Land and Lake Conservation in Midcoast Maine
Wednesday, November 12
Garrison Beck ’13,  The Damariscotta Lake Watershed Association
DLWA is a nonprofit lake and land conservation organization in Midcoast Maine that has the unique challenge of controlling Hydrilla – the worst invasive aquatic plant in North America. In conjunction with our work on water quality, conservation easements, nonpoint source pollution, and education, we aim to protect and conserve the 56 square miles of the Damariscotta Lake Watershed.