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New publication predicting the cost of an invasive crab to Puget Sound, Washington

Non-native species pose a risk to native environments, but predicting the value at-risk to these species before invasion occurs is difficult and rare in current literature. Megan Mach and Kai Chan presented a method for describing the economic risk of an invasive species that encompasses the great variation possible in an invading species interactions with […]

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

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

Kai, Dave Ng, others present a new workshop on science communications

Introducing Guardians of Science, new masterclass on science communication

Kai joins Dave Ng of the Michael Smith Labs to present their new “Guardians of Science” science communications masterclass program. This is a free one day workshop (Friday, November 28th) on various elements of communicating science. Special reserved spots for IRES graduate students and post docs. See http://guardiansofscience.org

Jordan Levine defends his PhD on cognition and culture in social-ecological systems

On Friday Sept 26th, Jordan Levine successfully defended his PhD dissertation, entitled “An even less convenient truth: Addressing the challenge of sustainable development through an integration of cognition and culture”. Four days later, his dissertation (with minor revisions) was accepted by UBC. Congratulations, Jordan!

Kai featured in a profile at The Source

The article describes Kai’s multicultural origins and his efforts to enable practical change, including through the science engagement survey.

New survey on science and engagement–please take it!

Interested in engagement/outreach, and how such activities get measured and rewarded? Interested in the alignment of rewards and what’s socially beneficial? Help us follow up on our Frontiers article to understand institutional practices and individual perceptions. Survey: faculty, gov’t & NGO scientists; and students & postdocs. For more info, see here.

Bennett & Dearden 2013 Local Environment: A Picture of Change: Using Photovoice to Explore Social and Environmental Change in Coastal Communities on the Andaman Coast of Thailand

Bennett, N. & Dearden, P. (2013). A Picture of Change: Using Photovoice to Explore Social and Environmental Change in Coastal Communities on the Andaman Coast of Thailand. Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability. 18(9), 983-1001. [Email for copy]

Bennett & Lemelin 2014 Community Development Journal: Situating the Eco-Social Economy: Environmental Movements and Conservation Organizations as Catalysts for Social and Economic Development

Bennett, N. & Lemelin, R. H. (2014). Situating the Eco-Social Economy: Environmental Movements and Conservation Organizations as Catalysts for Social and Economic Development. Community Development Journal, 49 (1), 69-84.

Bennett & Dearden 2014 Marine Policy: Why local people do not support conservation: Community perceptions of marine protected area livelihood impacts, governance and management in Thailand

Bennett, N. J. & Dearden, P. (2014). Why local people do not support conservation: Community perceptions of marine protected area livelihood impacts, governance and management in Thailand. Marine Policy, 44, 107-116. [OPEN ACCESS]

Bennett et al. 2014 Climate & Development: Vulnerability to multiple stressors in coastal communities: A study of the Andaman Coast of Thailand

Bennett, N., Dearden, P., & Peredo, A.M. (2014). “Vulnerability to multiple stressors in coastal communities: A study of the Andaman Coast of Thailand” Climate and Development. Online. [Email for copy]