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...

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...