59 posts in Faculty News

Are we overreacting to US withdrawal from the Paris Agreement on climate?

SMEA Professor and Associate Director Nives Dolsak, and UW Professor and Director of the Center for Environmental Politics Aseem Prakash recently wrote an article for The Conversation titled, “Are we overreacting to US withdrawal from the Paris Agreement on climate?” In the article Dolsak and Prakash state the President’s withdrawal from the agreement is a symbolic action with little substantive impact on climate mitigation, and as such, it is critical not to overreact and lose sight of domestic issues that could significantly jeopardize future climate policies. 

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Committing to socially responsible seafood

Congratulations to SMEA Professor Eddie Allison, Research Associate Nathan Bennett, Affiliate Assistant Professor Yoshitaka Ota and their co-authors on their latest article “Committing to socially responsible seafood” published in Science. The article discusses a comprehensive framework for social responsibility developed by the authors that responds to a need for alignment around a shared, transdisciplinary approach. Their framework, which is informed by practical experience from organizations and experts that work in the seafood sector and is supported by a strong legal and policy basis for implementation, comprises three components: (i) protecting human rights and dignity and respecting access to resources, (ii) ensuring equality and equitable opportunities to benefit, and (iii) improving food and livelihood security. 

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How does framing affect policy support for emissions mitigation?

SMEA alumnus Max Mossler (’16) recently published his thesis work in Global Environmental Change, along with co-authors Ann Bostrom, Kate Crosman, Patricia Moy, and SMEA Professor Ryan Kelly. The paper entitled “How does framing affect policy support for emissions mitigation? Testing the effects of ocean acidification and other carbon emissions frames” advances research on ocean acidification and climate change perceptions and communication, by (i) examining causal beliefs about ocean acidification, and (ii) measuring support for mitigation policies from individuals presented with one of five different policy frames (climate change, global warming, carbon pollution, air pollution, and ocean acidification). 

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A Code of Conduct for Marine Conservation

A group of practitioners and researchers, led by SMEA Research Associate Nathan Bennett with support from SMEA Affiliate Assistant Professor Yoshitaka Ota and Professor Patrick Christie, has called for a marine conservation code of conduct. The recommendations were published May 15 in the journal Marine Policy. The authors of the paper cite a number of social justice, accountability and decision-making principles that could be used for a marine conservation code of conduct. 

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Kelly’s latest paper published in Ecology Law Quarterly

SMEA Professor Ryan Kelly, along with co-authors Phillip Levin and Kai Lee’s law review paper titled “Science, Policy, and Data-Driven Decisions in a Data Vacuum” was recently published in Ecology Law Quarterly. The paper looks at the National Marine Fisheries Service’s (NMFS) decisions surrounding three species of rockfish in Puget Sound, deciding whether or not they should be listed as endangered/threatened.  

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e DNA – helping us understand the makeup of our oceans

Assistant Professor Ryan Kelly was interviewed by Generation Anthropocene about his work with environmental DNA and how it continues to help us understand the makeup of our oceans. Listen to the podcast at the link below.
Interview: Ryan Kelly

  

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Mobilization of Collective Action by Environmental NGOs

Congratulations to Professor Nives Dolsak on her latest article that was published in Nonprofit Policy Forum “Bowling Together: Mobilization of Collective Action by Environmental NGOs.” The article examines community action in post-communist, Central European countries where modern NGOs are perceived to be ineffective and asks the question “Does social capital generated by frequent, face-to-face interactions provide the foundation for collective action?” Dolsak suggests the possibility of organizing large-scale social action is increased when modern NGOs with their relative advantage in marketing and publicity are able to join hands with traditional groups who have established institutionalized mechanisms for social mobilization. 

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Does the Environmental Movement Need New Messengers?

SMEA Professor and Associate Director Nives Dolsak, and UW Professor and Director of the Center for Environmental Politics Aseem Prakash recently wrote an article for Solutions examining the environmental movement and whether the celebrities that serve as spokespeople do more harm than good. The article states “Social movements are credible when they are perceived to be working for the public purpose. 

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The latest articles from SMEA faculty

Congratulations to SMEA Professors Eddie Allison and Terrie Klinger who had papers that were recently published in Ecology and Society, and Elementa respectively.
Professor Allison and his co-author’s paper “A comparative appraisal of the resilience of marine social-ecological systems to mass mortalities of bivalves“, published in Ecology and Society, analyzes six commercial bivalve industries affected by mass mortalities using I-ADApT, a decision support framework to assess the impacts and consequences of these perturbations on the natural, social, and governing systems, and the consequent responses of stakeholders to these events. 

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Why did Scott Pruitt refuse to ban a chemical that the EPA itself said is dangerous?

SMEA Professor and Associate Director Nives Dolsak, and UW Professor and Director of the Center for Environmental Politics Aseem Prakash recently wrote an article for the Washington Post Monkey Cage examining why Scott Pruitt refused to ban a chemical that the EPA itself said is dangerous. Pruitt recently denied a petition asking for a ban on the use of an insecticide called Chlorpyrifos. 

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