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...

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...