April, 2020

202008Apr4:00 PM4:00 PMAdaptation, Resilience, and Transformation in Maine’s Coastal Communities April4:00 PM - 4:00 PM Organizer: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Region:OnlineTopic:Coastal Communities,MarineCost:No CostConfidence:High TagsFree,online,Weekday


Our April 8, 2020 EBM/EBFM speaker is Heather Leslie of the University of Maine, Darling Marine Center & School of Marine Sciences Abstract: Coastal communities’ ability to adapt to socioeconomic and environmental change is a subject of increasing attention. The research group I co-lead with Joshua Stoll uses a social-ecological systems framework to investigate, map, and analyze the capacity for sustaining fishing-dependent, place-based communities, including the state of Maine, USA. I will describe how we conduct this research in partnership with our students and community partners, by integrating diverse biophysical and social science approaches at multiple spatial scales. I will share three vignettes to illustrate how diverse disciplines, institutions and worldviews can be leveraged to advance ecosystem science and stewardship, and to train the next generation of marine science and policy professionals. Our research aims to contribute to better understanding of the adaptive capacity, resilience, and risk and opportunities posed by transformation in coastal communities and underscores the need for ecosystem-based approaches to studying and supporting adaptation in fisheries-dependent communities in Maine and beyond. About the Speaker: Heather is Director of the University of Maine’s marine laboratory, Darling Marine Center, and Associate Professor of Marine Sciences in UMaine’s School of Marine Sciences. She studies the drivers of ecological and social processes in marine systems, and how to more effectively connect science to policy and management. Together with co-editor Karen McLeod and more than 40 contributing authors, she published Ecosystem-Based Management for the Oceans in 2009. This collaborative project catalyzed Heather’s engagement in the science and practice of EBM in the US and Mexico, in particular. While this seminar will focus on her most recent work in Maine, information about her EBM-related research in Mexico and elsewhere is available at https://umaine.edu/leslie-lab/


Wednesday, April 8 - 4:00pm 2020 - Wednesday, April 8 - 4:00pm 2020


National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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