Lovell ’16 and McClenachan Publish Paper in Oryx on Shifting Baselines in Conservation

A paper cowritten by Sam Lovell ’16 and Loren McClenachan, the Elizabeth and Lee Ainslie Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, was published in Oryx Oct. 18. The paper, “Shifted baselines and the policy placebo effect in conservation,” is based on Lovell’s senior honors thesis and aims to understand how island communities perceive long-term and recent ecosystem degradation and recovery, changes...

McClenachan Receives Grant from NOAA’s Bluefin Tuna Research Program

Loren McClenachan, the Elizabeth and Lee Ainslie Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, and her colleagues at the Monterey Bay Aquarium received a grant for $46,012 from NOAA’s Bluefin Tuna Research Program. Their collaborative project, “Historical data mining to inform Bluefin tuna stock assessments” has involved several Colby students, including Duncan Coles ’19, a 2017-18 F. Russell Cole Student...

McClenachan Coauthors Paper in Journal of Ocean and Coastal Economics

Loren McClenachan, assistant professor of environmental studies, coauthored a paper recently published in the Journal of Ocean and Coastal Economics (Vol. 5: Iss. 1, Article 2). “Missing the Boat? Measuring and Evaluating Local Groundfish Purchases by New England Institutions” reports on a case study that evaluated purchases of local groundfish by schools and colleges in New England, and finds,...

Becknell Coauthors Paper on Legume Trees in Nature Ecology & Evolution

Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Justin Becknell coauthored a paper recently published in Nature Ecology & Evolution. Titled “Abundance of Neotropical legumes during secondary succession across a rainfall gradient. Nature Ecology & Evolution,” this work examines the poorly understood role of nitrogen-fixing legumes trees in replenishing the nutrient supply of tropical forests recovering from deforestation. By combining...

Another Placement for Paper on LakeSmart Program by Bevier, Cole, Nyhus, and Junker ’16

The team consisting of professors F. Russell Cole (environmental studies, emeritus), Cathy Bevier (biology), Philip Nyhus (environmental studies), and alumna Alexa Junker ’16 has published another paper on the lake protection program LakeSmart. This time, the paper appears in LakeLine, a publication of the North American Lake Management Society. The program, “an innovative voluntary certification program … promotes...

Three Faculty Members Granted Tenure

Colby has awarded tenure to three of its accomplished faculty members who have demonstrated excellence in the classroom, in their scholarship, and in service to the College. Assistant professors Dean Allbritton (Spanish), David Angelini (biology), and Travis Reynolds (environmental studies) will be promoted to associate professor at the start of the 2018-19 academic year. “Earning...

McClenachan’s Paper on Coral Reef Loss Covered in The Guardian Story

A paper published in Science Advances Sept. 6, 2017, by Loren McClenachan, the Elizabeth and Lee Ainslie Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, was referenced in a story published by The Guardian Dec. 27. The Guardian story, “How did half of the great Florida coral reef system disappear?” referenced McClenachan’s story, “Ghost reefs: Nautical charts document large spatial scale of coral...

Colby Research on Toxic Beauty Products in Story

An article in Reader’s Digest titled “Your Beauty Products Could Be Sabotaging Your Fertility—Here’s How” encourages readers to check a list of products containing PFCs (perfluorinated chemicals) that was compiled by Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Gail Carlson and her students, notably Sarah Hart ’10. The project emerged from Carlson’s course “The Environment and Human Health,” where...

Cole, Bevier, Nyhus, and Students Coauthor Paper on Lake Protection Program

Professors F. Russell Cole (environmental studies, emeritus), Cathy Bevier (biology), and Philip Nyhus (environmental studies) coauthored a paper in the Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences. Titled “Assessing LakeSmart, a community-based lake protection program,” the paper included contributions from Alexa Junker ’16 and Sophie Sarkar ’11. The paper assesses the LakeSmart program, which was created in...

Nyhus and Students Publish Two Papers on Conservation

Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Philip Nyhus has collaborated with students in two recently published papers. “Global patterns and trends in human-wildlife conflict compensation,” coauthored with Jeremy Ravenelle ’18, appears in the December 2017 issue of Conservation Biology, which is the flagship journal of the Society for Conservation Biology. The team “reviewed research on wildlife-damage compensation...

Carlson Named New Buck Lab Director

Gail Carlson, assistant professor of environmental studies, brings her long involvement in civic engagement and policymaking to bear in her new role of inaugural director of Colby’s Buck Lab for the Environment and Climate Change. The Buck Lab, established through a gift from Trustee Sandy Buck ’78 and Sissy Buck, will connect students from many...

Carlson Wins Science Champion Award

Gail Carlson, assistant professor of environmental studies, won the 2017 Science Champion Award from the Environmental Health Strategy Center. Actively engaged in public policy debates on environmental issues in Maine, Carlson has testified at key committee hearings of the Maine Legislature and was “especially impressive as the clear winner of a debate at a committee briefing on...

Wildlife Publication Award Given to Volume in Nyhus Series

Snow Leopards, the first volume in the series Biodiversity of the World: Conservation from Genes to Landscape edited by Philip Nyhus, has won the Wildlife Society‘s 2017 Wildlife Publication Award in the book category. Announced by Elsevier, the award “recognizes excellence in scientific literature of wildlife biology and management issued within the last three years,” according to PR Newswire....

Nyhus Tapped as Expert on Greenest Cities on WalletHub

WalletHub tapped Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Philip Nyhus as an expert on a piece about America’s greenest cities. When asked “What policies or investments offer the biggest bang for the buck?” Nyhus answered, in part, “Cities that focus on green transportation infrastructure, energy efficiency and the built environment, green space, wise zoning, and waste...

McClenachan Coauthors Paper in Marine Policy

Loren McClenachan coauthored a paper titled “Opportunities for improving global marine conservation through multilateral treaties” in Marine Policy. McClenachan, the Elizabeth and Lee Ainslie Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, and her authors offer an analysis “of all multilateral treaties governing activities related to oceans.” Even with an increase in the number of treaties, “the declining state of the...

McClenachan Quoted in Nature Article on Historical Data

Nature, the international weekly journal of Science, quoted Loren McClenachan, the Elizabeth and Lee Ainslie Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, in a Sept. 21 article titled “Historical data: Hidden in the past.” McClenachan, a historical ecologist, “recalls that when she started her work in the early 2000s, it wasn’t clear whether old materials would yield scientifically useful results....

Colby professor maps stunning decline of Florida coral reefs since the 1770s

Using what can only be considered a perfect blend of centuries-old mapping technology and modern satellite data, a Colby College professor has presented more proof of shrinking coral reefs in the Florida Keys. And Loren McClenachan’s fascinating work on the diminishing coral is getting a lot of media attention as Hurricane Irma batters the Caribbean...

McClenachan Paper on Coral Reef Loss in Science Advances

Loren McClenachan, the Elizabeth and Lee Ainslie Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, was the lead author of a paper in Science Advances Sept 6. In “Ghost reefs: Nautical charts document large spatial scale of coral reef loss over 240 years,” McClenachan and her coauthors, including Grace O’Connor ’14, used “high-resolution historical nautical charts to quantify changes to...

Nyhus and Students Author Article in China Policy Institute: Analysis

Philip Nyhus, associate professor of environmental studies and program director, Yue (Anna) Yu ’19, and Jiaqi (Carmen) Wu ’19 coauthored “Of Stripes and Spots: Can a Growing Dragon Save a Tiger?” in the June 27 China Policy Institute: Analysis, the online journal of the China Policy Institute. The article looks at China’s conservation challenges, especially as they...

McClenachan Coauthors Article in Science on Socially Responsible Seafood

An article coauthored by Loren McClenachan, the Elizabeth and Lee Ainslie Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, appears in the June 2 issue of Science. Titled “Committing to socially responsible seafood,” the authors “propose a framework for social responsibility and identify key steps the scientific community must take to inform policy and practice” for the global challenge of “placing...