In National Geographic, Nyhus Provides History of Captive Tigers in U.S.

The December issue of National Geographic has an extended feature on the thousands of tigers kept in captivity in the United States, and Associate Professor of Environmental Studies is quoted about the history of the animals in the country. The article is headed, “Captive Tigers in the U.S. Outnumber Those in the Wild. It’s a...

Maine College Climate Action Summit Held at Colby

One hundred twenty-four students from 10 colleges and universities gathered on Mayflower Hill Nov. 9 to examine how they might work together to mitigate the effects of climate change. The inaugural Maine College Climate Action Summit highlighted the power of youth and the need for collaboration to implement change, the Central Maine Morning Sentinel reported.

McClenachan Article Urges Consulting History for Environmental Management

In the journal Global Ecology and Conservation, an article coauthored by Ainslie Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Loren McClenachan concludes that there are “opportunities to integrate findings from historical ecology with other perspectives to create forward-looking management strategies that are rooted in place and past.” The article,”Past Forward: Recommendations from historical ecology for ecosystem management”...

Robinson Coauthors Article on Climate Finance and Climate Justice

Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Stacy-ann Robinson coauthored a journal article, “Twenty-Five Years of Adaptation Finance through a Climate Justice Lens.” The article specifically explores whether adaptation finance has become more justly governed and delivered. It will be published in the journal Climatic Change, and it is currently available online.

Carlson Writes Op-ed About Activism in Advance of Global Climate Strike

Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Gail Carlson penned an op-ed in the Morning Sentinel in advance of the Sept. 20 Climate Strike. Carlson, who teaches students about activism using a “well-worn formula” that provides success making change, challenges us all to ensure that youth voices are part of policymaking. She suggests three tools toward that goal: “educate...

Robinson Invited to Contribute to Global Climate Change Assessment Report

Stacy-ann Robinson, Colby’s new assistant professor of environmental studies, has been invited to share her expertise on climate change adaptation in small islands by being a contributing author to Chapter 15 (Small Islands) of Working Group II’s contribution to the Sixth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The IPCC is the...

McClenachan and Other Colbians Coauthor Paper in Fish and Fisheries

Fish and Fisheries published the paper “Shifting perceptions of rapid temperature changes’ effects on marine fisheries, 1945–2017” with Loren McClenachan, the Elizabeth and Lee Ainslie Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, as lead author. Coauthors include Ben Neal, adjunct assistant professor of environmental studies, Seabird McKeon, former visiting assistant professor of biology, and Madison Marra ’17. The paper “documents...

McClenachan Coauthors Paper in PNAS on Surprising Ocean Temperatures

Loren McClenachan, the Elizabeth and Lee Ainslie Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, coauthored a paper recently published in PNAS. “Challenges to natural and human communities from surprising ocean temperatures” discusses how individuals and institutions will benefit by betting that trends of increasing temperatures will continue, a “strategy [that] represents a radical shift that will be difficult...

Carlson Receives Romeo and Martha Paganucci Volunteerism Award from Alfond Youth Center

Waterville’s Alfond Youth Center honored Gail Carlson with its Romeo and Martha Paganucci Volunteerism Award at the center’s Annual Appeal event June 12. Carlson, assistant professor of environmental studies, was given the award for her “great work in coordinating volunteer services for our youth in the Growing Dome and beyond.” Carlson was instrumental in starting Colby students volunteering in...

Nelson ’19 and Fraser ’19 Write Letters to the Editor

Julia Nelson ’19 and Catherine Fraser ’19, students in the class Environment and Human Health, had letters to the editor published in Waterville’s Morning Sentinel. Both letters urged support for L.D. 1433, “An Act to Protect the Environment and Public Health by Further Reducing Toxic Chemicals in Packaging,” a bill currently before the Maine Legislature. Nelson’s letter, printed May 20,...

Stoddard ’20 Writes Letter to Editor in Bangor Daily News

As part of an assignment for her class the Environment and Human Health, Caroline Stoddard ’20 wrote a letter to the editor that was printed in the Bangor Daily News May 10. Titled “Phase out PFAS,” the letter (at the bottom of the page) encouraged readers to “urge their Maine lawmakers to pass LD 1433, a bill that...

Media Quotes Carlson’s Testimony in Augusta on Chemical Ban

Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Gail Carlson was in Augusta, Maine, April 17 testifying at the State House and urging “legislators to ban certain food-packaging that contain synthetic chemicals known as PFAS and phthalates,” Maine Public reported. Carlson and some of her students testified in favor of a new bill that would ban these chemicals...

McClenachan Coauthors Paper in Science Advances

“The historical development of complex global trafficking networks for marine wildlife” is the title of the latest published paper by Loren McClenachan, the Elizabeth and Lee Ainslie Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies. The article, which McClenachan coauthored, appeared in the journal Science Advances and chronicles how the team “curated 150 years of tortoiseshell transactions and derived biologically...

McClenachan Article “Views from the Dock” Published in Ambio

Loren McClenachan, the Elizabeth and Lee Ainslie Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, has published an article in Ambio, a peer-reviewed scientific journal of the human environment. “Views from the dock: Warming waters, adaptation, and the future of Maine’s lobster fishery” discusses how Maine fishermen perceive and prepare for climate-related threats. “Those with adaptation plans demonstrated...

McClenachan’s Work Cited in PNAS Article on Historical Ecology

The article “Science and Culture: Journal entries, maps, and photos help ecologists reconstruct ecosystems of the past” recently posted by PNAS, includes the work of Loren McClenachan, the Elizabeth and Lee Ainslie Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies. The article mentions her 2017 study, in which “her team used 18th-century British nautical charts to estimate changes...

Marine Policy Publishes McClenachan Article on “Sea to School” Purchases

Loren McClenachan, the Elizabeth and Lee Ainslie Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, published the article “Factors influencing ‘Sea to School’ purchases of local seafood products” in the journal Marine Policy. The paper argues that even though “local seafood procurement aligns with the objectives of ‘farm to school’ programming in the United States, local seafood purchases by schools are...

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...