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Friday, October 9, 2015

Gund Tea: Dan Whittle - Cuba at a Crossroads

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Johnson House 101
Description: Cuba's Marine Environment

Gund Institute
Johnson House 101
617 Main Street

The opening of relations between the U.S. and Cuba creates an unprecedented opportunity for the Cuban people to grow their economy. But normalized relations also bring extraordinary challenges and threats to Cuba's natural treasures and to the livelihoods of people who depend upon a sustainable resource base. In addition, a large fraction of unique, important and valuable coastal ecosystem elements are exposed to warming waters, rising seas and intensifying tropical storms associated with global climate change.

This presentation will take a look at some of these opportunities and challenges and examine how expanding scientific exchange and environmental cooperation between the US and Cuba is in the national interest of both countries.

Daniel Whittle directs EDF's work to advance conservation of marine and coastal ecosystems in Cuba. He works with Cuban scientists, lawyers and resource managers to identify and implement collaborative strategies for fisheries management, coral reef conservation, and sustainable coastal development in Cuba and the region. He has a J.D. from University of Colorado and a BA in economics and German from Vanderbilt University.

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32nd Annual RSENR Graduate Research Symposium

Time: 4:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.
Location: Aiken Center
Description: Aiken Center
Presentations by Rubenstein School graduate students on a variety of research topics.

Reception in the Solarium following the presentations.
Please RSVP for reception by Sept. 25th to

New this year: poster presentations by RSENR PhD students in Aiken 103 starting at noon. Presenters available from noon - 1:00pm.

Oral Presentation Agenda:
4:45pm Welcome by Dean Nancy E. Mathews in Aiken 103

5:00 pm Marcella Dent The Facilitative Role of Government and Science Communication in a Collaborative Conservation Network

5:15 pm Alison Adams Thirty Years of Forest Conversion in the NorthEast: Historical Patterns, Carbon Storage Impacts and Future Projections

5:30 pm Jessica Griffen Connecting Guests to the Landscape at Kripalu: Ecological Inventory, Interpretation and Education

5:45 pm Alexandra Millar The Functionality of Metaphor Use in Motivating Behavioral Responses

6:00 pm Nathan Fry The Ala Archa Ecological Leadership Project: Evaluating the Efficacy of Outdoor Education in Operationalizing Ecology and Conservation in the Kyrgyz Republic

6:15 pm Break

6:30 pm Carrie Kozel Can Early Feeding in Lake Trout Fry Ameliorate Thiamine Deficiency?

6:45 pm Hana Aronowitz Investigating Cryptic Speciation among Allopatric Populations of Hemlock Woolly Adelgid, Adelges tsugae (Hemiptera: Adelgidae)

7:00 pm Choki Gyeltshen Fire Risks in Bhutan's Blue Pine Forests: Anticipating and Adapting to Climate Change

7:15 pm Aviva Gottesman Regeneration Responses to Management for Old-Growth Characteristics in Northern Hardwood-Conifer Forests

7:30 pm Sam Talbot Wildlife Habitat Linkages Surrounding Lake George and Southern Lake Champlain

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Saturday, October 10, 2015

Vermont Tree Stewards Conference

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Downtown Bristol, VT
Description: Vermont Tree Stewards Conference

Downtown Bristol

Register now for the fourth annual Vermont Tree Stewards Conference. The theme this year is Healthy Trees, Healthy Communities; our speakers will explore how trees benefit Vermont communities and ways to ensure their health now and into the future. The conference is FREE for students. Speakers include:

Andy Hillman, Senior Consulting Urban Forester with the Davey Resource Group, a Division of the Davey Tree Expert Company (Keynote)
VJ Comai, Arborist Representative with the Bartlett Tree Expert Company and President of the Vermont Nursery and Landscape Association
Patrick Olstad, Landscape Architect with LandWorks in Middlebury
Lee Krohn, Senior Planner with the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission

The conference is open to anyone interested and engaged in the stewardship and management of Vermont's community trees; citizens, municipal employees, professionals, and students are encouraged to attend. Full agenda available on the conference webpage:

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Monday, October 12, 2015

RSENR seminar: Jonathan Richardson on pond-breeding amphibians

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Aiken 311
Description: Evolutionary Ecology of Pond-Breeding Amphibians: Local Populations to Regional Landscapes

Dr. Jonathan Richardson of Providence College

Aiken 311

Light refreshments

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Dan & Carole Burack Lecture: Bipasha Baruah

Time: 3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Location: Davis Center, Livak Ballroom
Description: Davis Center Livak Ballroom
Women and Work in a Warming World
Reception immediately following.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

RSENR PhD Dissertat. Proposal Seminar & Defense: Phoebe Spencer

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Location: Johnson House Conference Room

By Phoebe G. Spencer, M.S.

Seminar: 8:00 am, Johnson House Conference Room
Defense: 9:00 am, Johnson House Conference Room

Jon Erickson, Ph.D., Professor, RSENR, Advisor
Pablo Bose, Ph.D., Associate Professor, CALS, Chair
Robert Manning, Ph.D., Professor, RSENR
Stephanie Seguino, Ph.D., Professor, CALS

Gender equity is an ancient and ongoing struggle, with numerous social constructs shaping unequal and often undesirable paths for men and women based on their sexual characteristics. Mainstream economics generally ignores equity, in particular gender differences, reinforcing social inequalities through its push for individualistic gain at the expense of other people, species, and the environment. Justice, while once a core component of economics, has been lost through the evolution of the field toward its current neoclassical paradigm. In this dissertation, the relationship between neoclassical economics and gender equality is explored in order to understand the reasons behind the disregard for justice perspectives, and what steps would be needed to reclaim an ethical grounding in the field of economics. This is first addressed through a discussion of economics’ relationship with justice compared with other social sciences through the adoption of feminist principles. Following this theoretical discussion is an investigation of the impacts of the macro-structure of national economies on gender equality using time-use data. Finally, gender equity in national and intergovernmental-led health initiatives will be assessed through a study of social and political influences on maternal health outcomes. This dissertation will provide policy recommendations for shifting toward a more just and sustainable economic paradigm.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

National Day of Action on Climate Change

Day Event

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Burlington March: National Day of Action on Climate Change

Time: 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Top of Church St., Burlington
Description: WHAT: Ben & Jerry’s, Seventh Generation, and Burton will be joined by the Vermont Public Interest Research Group (VPIRG), and the City of Burlington to bring citizens of the Queen City together to stand up for urgent action on climate change. The gathering is one of more than 100 events around the country as part of the People’s Climate Movement National Day of Action. Just one year since 400,000 people marched through the streets of New York at the People’s Climate March - and just 6 weeks before world leaders gather in Paris to forge a global agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions - it’s more important than ever that people come together to act on climate. Participants will be encouraged to take action in support of a statewide Vermont carbon pollution tax. There will be a musical performance by Kat Wright and the Indomitable Soul Band and free ice cream.

WHERE: 1 Church Street
(Top Block)
Burlington, VT 05401

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Thursday, October 15, 2015

RSENR PhD Dissertation Seminar & Defense: Flavio Sutti

Time: 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Living/Learning B132
Description: Importance of agricultural systems as multifunctional landscapes

By Flavio Sutti

Seminar: 3:00 PM, Living/Learning B B132
Defense: 4:00 PM, Living/Learning B B132

Allan M. Strong, PhD, RSENR, Advisor
V. Ernesto Mendez, PhD, PSS, Chair
Therese Donovan, PhD, RSENR
Austin Troy, PhD, RSENR

Agricultural landscapes provide our society with many benefits. While food production is the primary role for these landscapes, sociocultural and ecological benefits are also provided. However, the full scope of benefits that we obtain from agricultural landscapes are not always taken into account, and with the intensification of agricultural activities, more complex multifunctional landscapes are converted into simpler and less-functional landscapes. I used a heterogeneous agricultural landscape, the Champlain Valley of Vermont, as a case study to examine the interactions between landscape structure and the provision of landscape functions and services. I analyzed sociocultural and production functions indices obtained via standardized landowner surveys, and ecological function indices collected in the field for 51 plots. I identified a tradeoff between the production and ecological function in agricultural landscapes. When a rural landscape was managed for intensive agricultural production, ecological benefits decreased. Landscapes with a diversified land use/land cover patchwork with heterogeneously distributed elements returned the greatest number of benefits. Agricultural areas that comprise between 30 and 45% of the landscape can prevent the loss of ecological benefits while retaining high production. I also explored the importance of small treed landscape elements for common breeding birds. More heterogeneous landscapes, rich in small treed elements, supported a greater density of nests. Nests located on small treed elements in agricultural landscapes were as successful as nests located in large landscape elements. These analyses deepen our knowledge about the relationship between landscape structure and function, facilitating the evaluation of the functionality of heterogeneous agricultural landscapes.

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RSENR Seminar Series

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Aiken 311
Description: Aiken 311

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