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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Burak Lecture by Dr. Teri Balser: Effective teaching to inspire students as they become environmentally-engaged global citizens

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.
Location: Livak Ballroom, Davis Center
Description: From 4:00 to 5:15pm in the Livak Ballroom in the Davis Center.

Lecture will be followed by a reception with refreshments in the Fireplace Lounge.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

IGERT Smart Grid Seminar Series: George Crabtree - The Joint Center for Energy Storage Research: Energy Storage for the Smart Grid

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Davis Center 417 (Frank Livak Room)
Description: The Joint Center for Energy Storage Research: Energy Storage for the Smart Grid

4:00pm on Wednesday, April 22, Davis Center 417 (Frank Livak Room)

George Crabtree, Argonne National Labs

Bonus: Coffee and post-lunch cookies.

The IGERT (www.uvm.edu/smartgrid) graduate students are hosting this impressive seminar series of speakers touching on multiple aspects of energy and climate change. Sponsored by the UVM Clean Energy Fund featuring academics and practitioners representing a wide spectrum of work connected to the future of our energy system.

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Gund Tea - Pooja Kanwar: "The Laurentian Collaborative: A Collaborative-learning Approach Exploring Biomass and its Ecological and Economic Viability in Northern Minnesota"

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Johnson House Conference Room
Description: Gund Tea - Pooja Kanwar: "The Laurentian Collaborative: A Collaborative-learning Approach Exploring Biomass and its Ecological and Economic Viability in Northern Minnesota"

Pooja Kanwar, Natural Resource Planner, USFS

From Noon to 1:00pm in the Johnson House Conference Room.

The Laurentian Collaborative has been formed to provide an opportunity for land managers and local communities to meet mutual landscape goals and capitalize on a new economic venture. Segetis, a leader in high performance sustainable materials that aims to reduce the world's dependence on fossil fuel-based petrochemicals using proprietary technology to convert biomass for wide market applications, will be constructing a commercial-scale plant in Northern Minnesota. This presentation will describe a collaborative-learning approach, new to Superior National Forest and other key collaborators, that strives to catalyze vegetative management across multiple ownerships to maintain a productive, diverse, and resilient forest in the Laurentian landscape; while reducing the risk of catastrophic fire and continuing to provide recreational, ecological and economic benefits to the region.

Gund Teas are a weekly event at the Gund Institute. Each week there is a presenter(s) that will present on their research for 30 minutes, with the remainder of the time open for discussion amongst the group. Open to the public.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Rubenstein School Seminar - "Russell Brand, Identity Economics and Our Malleable Decision-making Process" by Brendan Fisher

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.
Location: Aiken Center 102
Description: Rubenstein School Spring Seminar Series

Aiken Center 102

"Russell Brand, Identity Economics and Our Malleable Decision-making Process" by Brendan Fisher, Gund Institute, University of Vermont

Hosted by:
Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources
Open to the public.

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Friday, May 1, 2015

Gund Tea - Tom Hudspeth, Professor, Environmental Program, RSENR

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Johnson House Conference Room
Description: From Noon to 1:00pm in the Johnson House Conference Room.

Gund Teas are a weekly event at the Gund Institute. Each week there is a presenter(s) that will present on their research for 30 minutes, with the remainder of the time open for discussion amongst the group. Open to the public.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

PhD Dissertation Defense - Stephen Mark Posner: “The Impact of Ecosystem Services Knowledge on Decisions”

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Johnson House Conference Room
Description: Seminar And PhD Dissertation Defense

The Impact of Ecosystem Services Knowledge on Decisions
By:Stephen Mark Posner

Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Seminar: 10am, Gund Conference Room
Defense: 11am, Gund Conference Room

Committee
Taylor Ricketts, Professor, RSENR, Advisor
Asim Zia, Professor, CDAE, Chairperson
Jon Erickson, Professor, RSENR
Walter Poleman, Senior Lecturer, RSENR

ABSTRACT

The need to protect diverse biological resources from ongoing development pressures is one of today’s most pressing environmental challenges. In response, “ecosystem services” has emerged as a conservation framework that links human economies and natural systems through the benefits that people receive from nature. In this dissertation, I investigate the science-policy interface of ecosystem services in order to understand the use of ecosystem service decision support tools and evaluate the pathways through which ecosystem services knowledge impacts decisions. In the first paper, I track an ecosystem service valuation project in California to evaluate how the project changes the social capacity to make conservation-oriented decisions and how decision-makers intend to use ecosystem services knowledge. In a second project, I analyze a global sample of cases and identify factors that can explain the impact of ecosystem services knowledge on decisions. I find that the perceived legitimacy of knowledge (whether it is unbiased and representative of many diverse viewpoints) is an important determinant of whether the knowledge impacts policy processes and decisions. For the third project, I focus on the global use of spatial ecosystem service models. I analyze country-level factors that are associated with use and the effect of practitioner trainings on the uptake of these decision support tools. Taken together, this research critically evaluates how ecosystem service interventions perform. The results can inform the design of boundary organizations that effectively link conservation science with policy action, and guide strategic efforts to protect, restore, and enhance ecosystem services.

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