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...

McClenachan and Students Publish Paper in Spire on Youth Perceptions on Climate Change

Loren McClenachan, the Elizabeth and Lee Ainslie Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, and three of her senior environmental studies students collaborated on a paper published in the journal Spire, the Maine Journal of Conservation and Sustainability.  The paper, “Youth perceptions of climate change and climate action in Waterville, Maine,” was completed by seniors in McClenachan’s Domestic Policy capstone...

Robinson and Nguyen ’20 Coauthor Paper on Climate Change Adaptation in the Caribbean Lesser Antilles

Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Stacy-ann Robinson and Cindy Nguyen ’20 coauthored the paper “Differential climate change impacts and adaptation responses in the Caribbean Lesser Antilles” to be published in Caribbean Geography. In reviewing the recent literature, the paper finds that climate change impacts and adaptation responses in the Lesser Antilles vary widely, with islands mainly coping with climate...

Carlson Portland Press Herald Op-Ed Puts Public Health First

An op-ed by Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Gail Carlson appeared as one of the “Maine Voices” series in the March 31 Portland Press Herald. In the piece, titled “Virus’ spread shows need to resist ‘profits before people’ trade-off,” Carlson writes that “the call by some to protect the economy over the health of those most vulnerable...

Leskiw ’21 Writes and Illustrates Article About Abalone in Earth Island Journal

Dominick Leskiw ’21, an English and environmental studies double major, wrote and illustrated an article titled “Holding Fast, or Failing?” that was printed in Earth Island Journal about his experiences on a “600-mile road trip up the California coast from La Jolla to just north of Bolinas, tracking down abalone devotees from all walks of...

Robinson and Wren ’20 Coauthor Paper Calling for More Effective Adaptation Strategies that Center Climate Justice

Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Stacy-ann Robinson and Caroline Wren ’20 coauthored the paper “Geographies of vulnerability: a research note on human system adaptations to climate change in the Caribbean” recently published in Geografisk Tidsskrift-Danish Journal of Geography. In reviewing the recent literature, the paper calls for more effective adaptation strategies that centre climate justice, primarily...

McClenachan Paper on Shark Vulnerability Published in Fisheries Research

Loren McClenachan, the Elizabeth and Lee Ainslie Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, was coauthor on a recently published paper titled “Use of historical data to assess changes in the vulnerability of sharks” that appears in the journal Fisheries Research. McClenachan worked with the lead author, Ilse Martínez-Candelas, in 2019 when Martínez-Candelas was a visiting researcher at Colby. The research...

Robinson Coauthors Paper Published in Sustainability

Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Stacy-ann Robinson coauthored the paper “Transformational Adaptation in Least Developed Countries: Does Expanded Stakeholder Participation Make a Difference?” recently published in the journal Sustainability. The paper uses qualitative statistics to examine whether stakeholder diversity leads to better adaptation planning outcomes at the national level in 50 least developed countries across the world. The...

Wren ’20 Testimony to Legislature About Honors Work Noted in Sun Journal

Caroline Wren ’20, an environmental policy major and cinema studies minor, is quoted in a Lewiston Sun Journal article following her testimony at a recent Maine Legislature public hearing on a bill to help low-income Mainers test for arsenic in their well water. For her honors thesis with Gail Carlson, assistant professor of environmental studies, Wren interviewed...

Carlson Letter on Mainers’ Health and Climate Change in Morning Sentinel

Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Gail Carlson penned a letter to the editor, “Mainers’ health vulnerable to climate change,” that ran Feb. 5 in the Morning Sentinel. In it, Carlson notes how climate-related events such a rising heat index, increased rainfall amounts, more ticks and Lyme disease, and worsening air pollution affect Mainers, especially vulnerable populations. “Protecting...