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Nathan Bennett publishes new report, “Conservation Social Sciences: What, Why, and How?”

CHANS lab post-doc Nathan Bennett co-led the production of new report, Conservation Social Sciences: What, Why, and How? The report aims to stimulate dialogue among conservation organizations, foundations, agencies, practitioners and researchers about the role of the conservation social sciences, to build capacity, promote knowledge and foster engagement with conservation social sciences to improve conservation practice and outcomes.

Jordan, Kai and Terre Satterfield publish on exorcising the ‘ghost’ of Homo economicus

Jordan Levine, Kai Chan and Terre Satterfield synthesize behavioral and cognitive science to exorcise the 'ghost' of Homo economicus in a new publication in Ecological Economics: 'From rational actor to efficient complexity manager: Exorcising the ghost of Homo economicus with a unified synthesis of cognition research', here.

Kai Chan to give webinar on Cultural Ecosystem Services for Yale University Centre for Business and the Environment

On Wednesday, April 1st, 2015, Kai Chan will present his research on building frameworks to conceptualize ecosystem services in a webinar for the Yale University Centre for Business and the Environment, emphasizing cultural ecosystem services to highlight importance of supporting ecosystem services to catalyze sustainability. More information and registration here.

Puget Sound Cultural and Recreational Links to Ecosystems

Kai, Mollie and Sarah worked with Ecotrust to report on cultural and recreational values in Puget Sound.

Sarah & Kai publish on accounting for social & cultural importance of ecosystems

To broaden the ecosystem service research agenda, Sarah Klain, Terre Satterfield and Kai Chan used Sarah's Vancouver Island field research to demonstrate methods that could improve ecosystem service assessments and marine spatial plans. See paper here: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0921800914002730
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