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.Read more
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
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more