McDonough MacKenzie Coauthors Paper on History of Ecology and Conservation

Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Caitlin McDonough MacKenzie coauthored a new paper titled “Trends in ecology and conservation over eight decades” published in the journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. This research reviews 80 years, 52 journals, and a half-billion words to track changes in the way that ecologists write about ecological and conservation research. The paper traces...

McClenachan Delivers Keynote Address at Fisheries Symposium

Loren McClenachan, the Elizabeth and Lee Ainslie Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, delivered the keynote address for the virtual symposium “Oceans Past, Present & Future: Historical Ecology & Circumpolar Fisheries Management.” Her address, titled “Historical Ecology & Shifting Baselines in Fisheries,” was part of the symposium hosted by the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the...

Robinson Coauthors New Paper on Climate Finance in Nature Climate Change

Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Stacy-ann Robinson has coauthored a new paper titled “Rebooting a failed promise of climate finance.” Published in Nature Climate Change, the paper finds flaws in the current United Nations finance accountability mechanisms and proposes a new climate finance pledge that could reinvigorate climate talks.

Robinson and Carlson ’21 Coauthor Paper Proposing Role for Restorative Justice in Climate-related Loss and Damage Claims

Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Stacy-ann Robinson has co-authored a new paper linking restorative justice to climate-related loss and damage. Published in the journal Third World Quarterly, the paper argues that litigation cannot deliver all types of justice and so an alternative paradigm is needed. In this regard, restorative justice can provide a number of benefits, including respecting the...

Robinson Invited to Join Brown University’s Climate Social Science Network

Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Stacy-ann Robinson has been invited to join the Climate Social Science Network (CSSN). The CSSN is an international network of social science scholars focused on understanding the cultural and institutional dynamics of the political conflict over climate change. There are currently more than 110 scholars from 25 countries in the network. Brown...

Robinson Invited to Guest-edit Journal Special Issue on “Transformations for a Sustainable Future”

Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Stacy-ann Robinson has been invited to guest-edit a special issue of Sustainability on “Transformations for a Sustainable Future.” Papers will interrogate the transformations that are relevant or applicable to small island developing states, the least developed countries (LDCs), and African countries, given their complex histories and varying development circumstances and trajectories. It is hoped that...

Robinson Coauthors Paper on Role of Litigation in Delivering Climate Justice

Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Stacy-ann Robinson has coauthored a new paper on litigation and climate justice published in the journal Climate Policy. This paper, which was co-authored with Colby students Charles Beauregard ’20, D’Arcy Carlson ’21, Charlie Cobb ’20, and Mykela Patton ’22, develops a new rights-based framework and applies it to three high-profile climate...

Robinson Calls for Definition of Climate Finance in Nature Correspondence

In a correspondence published in Nature and available here, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Stacy-ann Robinson and colleagues draw attention to the need for an internationally agreed-upon definition of climate finance. Without this, donors decide what counts as climate finance. This has serious implications for whether countries in the Global South can adequately mitigate and adapt to the...

MacKenzie Coauthors Paper in Conservation Letters

Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Caitlin McDonough MacKenzie has coauthored a paper, “Recurrent neural network reveals overwhelming sentiment against 2017 review of US monuments from humans and bots,” published in the journal Conservation Letters. “US federal agencies solicit public comments to scope for ideas, solve problems, and use the best available science for policy‐making,...

Neal Coauthors Paper on Coral Reef Stressors in Journal of Marine Science and Engineering

Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Ben Neal has coauthored a paper recently published in the Journal of Marine Science and Engineering. The paper, “Coral Reef Community Changes in Karimunjawa National Park, Indonesia: Assessing the Efficacy of Management in the Face of Local and Global Stressors,” discusses the study’s exploration “of drivers of community change at...

This Green Earth Interviewed Carlson on PFAS in Ski Wax

Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Gail Carlson was interviewed on the radio program This Green Earth on Sept. 22. In the 30-minute conversation, they talked about Carlson’s new research on PFAS in ski wax, “it’s surprising findings, and why changes in the use of this type of ski wax are being pursued. These ‘forever’ chemicals can get into...

Robinson Develops Index for Establishing Baseline of Climate Adaptation Actions in Small Islands

In an article published in the journal Environmental and Sustainability Indicators (available open access here), Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Stacy-ann Robinson develops a richness index for baselining climate change adaptations in small island developing states. Using historical data (1997-2014), she finds that Cook Islands (Pacific) and Kiribati (Pacific) are among the most advanced adaptors and that Guinea-Bissau (Atlantic)...

Carlson and Tupper ’20 Coauthor Paper on PFAS Published in Chemosphere

A new study by Gail Carlson, assistant professor of environmental studies and director of the Buck Lab for Climate and Environment, and Skylar Tupper ’20 has been published in the journal Chemosphere. The paper, titled “Ski wax use contributes to environmental contamination by per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances,” looks at these hazardous environmental contaminants at a central Maine...

Robinson, Carlson, and Lincoln Lenderking ’20 Publish Paper on Food Security in the Caribbean

Assistant Professors of Environment Studies Stacy-ann Robinson and Gail Carlson, along with Hania Lincoln Lenderking ’20, have coauthored a review of recent academic studies on the impacts of climate change on food security in the Caribbean. It finds that climate change will impact agriculture and fisheries mainly through changing patterns of weather, air and sea surface temperatures,...

New Paper by Neal Reports Possible Control of Marine Fungi

Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Benjamin Neal is the lead author on a new paper published in the journal Oecologia. In the paper, “Possible control of acute outbreaks of a marine fungal pathogen by nominally herbivorous tropical reef fish,” the authors identify a new trophic link: the consumption of fungus by herbivorous fish, which may help to...

Robinson Appointed to Editorial Board of Regional Environmental Change

Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Stacy-ann Robinson has been appointed to the Editorial Board of Regional Environmental Change. The journal publishes research on the interactions between human and natural systems at the regional level. It is currently ranked 33rd of 116 environmental studies journals and has an impact factor of 3.149. She will serve a three-year...

Robinson Coauthors Paper Proposing Action Research to Improve Coordination of Climate Adaptation Efforts in the Pacific

In a new concept paper published in the journal Challenges, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Stacy-ann Robinson and her coauthors present a pre-analysis plan to undertake regional-level action research in the Pacific. The research will aim to help regional organizations work together to jointly access international financing for designing and implementing more effective climate change adaptation projects across the many small...

Robinson Calls for More Island Research from Island Scholars in WIREs: Climate Change Paper

Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Stacy-ann Robinson has published a paper in the well-respected journal Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews (WIREs): Climate Change. In reviewing 28 years of literature on climate change adaptation in small islands, Robinson finds that most island research has been published by scholars in the developed world. She calls for more island research from island...

Spire Publishes Second McClenachan Paper with Students, Coastal Economy is Topic

Spire, the Maine Journal of Conservation and Sustainability, published an article titled “Diversifying Maine’s coastal economy: A transition from lobster fishing to kelp aquaculture?” cowritten by Loren McClenachan, the Elizabeth and Lee Ainslie Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, and Madeline Greene ’20, Mae Sefransky ’20, and Christopher Wang ’20. The students were in McClenachan’s Domestic Policy capstone course last...