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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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UW Professors urge Trump not to kill EnergyStar

UW Professors Nives Dolsak and Aseem Prakash were recently interviewed by KUOW’s Emily Fox about the EnergyStar program. Many of us recognize this program as the labels that mark the most energy-efficient appliances when you shop for a TV, refrigerator or computer. The Trump administration wants to end it, but according to Dolsak and Prakash ending the program doesn’t make sense, for a number of reasons. 

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Tackling resilience: Finding order in chaos to help buffer against climate change

A new paper authored by SMEA alum Britta Timpane-Padgham, and SMEA Professor Terrie Klinger aims to provide clarity among scientists, resource managers and planners on what ecological resilience means and how it can be achieved. The study, published this month in the journal PLOS ONE, is the first to examine the topic in the context of ecological restoration and identify ways that resilience can be measured and achieved at different scales.  

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Environmentalists need to think globally, but act locally

SMEA Professor Nives Dolsak and UW Center for Environmental Politics Director Aseem Prakash recently wrote an article for The Conversation titled “Climate politics: Environmentalists need to think globally, but act locally.” President Trump signed an executive order this week to roll back the Clean Power Plan, his predecessorʼs signature measure to cut carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. Trump calls such measures job-killers, and his pledge to strike them down won him votes in Rust Belt states. 

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Spatial distribution of environmental DNA in a nearshore marine habitat

Congratulations to SMEA postdoc Jimmy O’Donnell for leading his new paper “Spatial distribution of environmental DNA in a nearshore marine habitat” to publication! Additional authors include SMEA Assistant Professor Ryan Kelly, SMEA alumna Natalie Lowell, and collaborators Jameal Samhouri, Ole Shelton, and Greg Williams. The paper shows that environmental DNA in the nearshore marine environment (in this case Carkeek Park in north Seattle) does not travel very far at all, such that eDNA samples show a very local snapshot of marine biodiversity. 

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Yes, consumers can change public policies — sometimes. Here are the challenges.

SMEA Professor Nives Dolšak and UW Professor Aseem Prakash recently authored an article featured on The Washington Post’s Monkey Cage titled “Yes, consumers can change public policies — sometimes. Here are the challenges.” The article discusses how consumer movements can succeed in changing corporate policies, but political consumerism faces challenges and has a harder time changing public policy. To read the full article, click here. 

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Developing an Integrated Ocean Research Network

SMEA Professor Patrick Christie recently attended an international workshop in Kiel, Germany hosted by Future Earth to highlight the importance of human dimensions ocean science and links to policy making. The “Workshop on the Development of an Integrative Ocean Research Network (Future Earth Oceans Knowledge-Action Network)” assembled around 100 representatives from several existing academic and practitioner communities dealing with ocean sustainability. 

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A way to change the environment vs. economy debate

SMEA Professor Nives Dolsak and UW Professor Aseem Prakash recently wrote a piece for The Conversation offering a way to reduce carbon consumption while improving the economy. Their suggestion; consumption-based policies, not conventional regulation. These policies are designed to discourage the consumption of carbon-intensive products and services. Read more in their article “Here’s a better way to regulate carbon – and change the tired environment-versus-economy debate“. 

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Genetic vs. Manual Survey Methods; Different and Complementary Views of an Ecosystem

Congratulations to SMEA Assistant Professor Ryan Kelly, Research Associate Jimmy O’Donnell and second year graduate student Jimmy Kralj on their latest publication in Frontiers in Marine Science titled: “Genetic and Manual Survey Methods Yield Different and Complementary Views of an Ecosystem.” The article published on January 9 compared results of environmental DNA (eDNA) surveys and traditional methods of measuring biodiversity and concludes that in order to confidently interpret eDNA results in the context of existing ecological study, it is necessary to compare the results of eDNA with those of more established methods of ecological sampling. 

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