Factions in Savory-citers based on bibliometric coupling.
There has been a great irony in my first sabbatical: it has been publication-free. More things in process than I can easily monitor but nothing in hand. Until today, barely three weeks before sabbatical end. Phew! Today the first paper is out in Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems from my SSHRC-funded project on adaptive grazing approaches like holistic management. This paper, Who’s afraid of Allan Savory? Scientometric polarization on Holistic Management as competing understandings, is based on Carlisle Kent’s bibliometric work on HM in the summer of 2015. This used papers citing Allan Savory’s work on HM, as found in Web of Science, to understand the structure of research on the topic. General descriptives allowed us to see the changing nature of that work, geographically and in terms of discipline. Bibliometric coupling revealed distinct factions in terms of the kind of work being used to support papers (i.e. the reference lists) and that those factions seemed to align with disciplines as well as positions on HM. A number of recommendations are discussed around how farmers, advocates, researchers and policy-makers can work to resolve the competing understandings.
MES graduand Yan Chen and her parents with me.
Congratulations to our Spring 2017 graduands who convocated yesterday. Despite playing hooky from the ceremony itself, I was really pleased to see some of the students I worked with and their families. Yan Chen’s parents had come all the way from China to see her cross the stage (above) to receive her MES based on work on Instagram in my lab. Caitlin Cunningham’s parents were visiting from St. Catharines to see her receive her MES on mapping pollination services and potential, based on work led by Peter Tyedmers that I enjoyed helping with. Finally, I got to give a hug to Mhari Lamarque, graduating MREM, who did her internship with DUC and is now working for DUC and I both. Such events are one of the more satisfying parts of being a professor.
Everyone else is padding out holiday media with year-end lists, and so shall I.
The best landscape-related books I read in 2016:
- Robin Wall Kimmerer, Gathering Moss (2003)
- Kathleen Jamie, Findings (2005)
- Ronald Blythe, Akenfield (1969)
- Jonathan Raban, Hunting Mister Heartbreak (1990) – somehow I neglected to blog this one
- Graham Swift, Waterland (1983)
- Anna Quindlen, Miller’s Valley (2016)
- Alexandra Harris, Weatherland (2016)
My most popular posts of the year were those focussed on the Mactaquac decision and process:
- Mactaquac commentary abounds, June 17
- Mactaquac bathymetry, Oct 7
- Open and transparent? May 27
- CCUEN conference, May 13 (someone must have tweeted this one)
- Mactaquac recommendations, May 28 (tho not officially a blog post)
My favourite yet most underappreciated post (IMHO) was When to call a social scientist (or how to fool one), Sept 20
My favourite scholarly experiences of the year:
- Falkland Islands fieldwork (blogged here, here, and here)
- World Congress on Silvo-Pastoral Systems in Evora, Portugal (blogged here and here)
- International Symposium for Society and Resource Management, Michigan (blogged here, here, and here)
- Yan Chen’s thesis defense (blogged here) and spinoff thinking and new collaborations around Culturomics (starting here)
- Engaging in the Mactaquac process through papers (blogged here and here), storymap coverage (here), and commentary (see popular posts above, as well as here, here, here, and here)
Here’s to a fun and productive 2017.
Excited to highlight here our new riparian management extension video, another collaboration with the Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources and the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture. Simon Greenland-Smith, MES alum and SARPAL project manager, developed this stylish video with the folks at local production company Wonderlust, as part of our series on ‘small changes’ towards biodiversity-friendly farming. During our previous evaluation of the Agricultural Biodiversity Conservation (ABC) program, modified harvest and riparian management were the two practices that were significantly increased by education. We hope through videos like this to get the word out about these ‘small changes’ to more farmers than those who opt into an ABC plan, or visit our BioLOG extension website.
Sample artwork from one NS south shore grade 4 student, before and after a 7-lesson climate change module.
I was pleased to be invited last week to present remotely to a workshop in Vancouver run by Dr. Stephen Sheppard’s lab, Collaborative for Advanced Landscape Planning (CALP). He and his team have – among other things – developed the Future Delta 2.0 computer game for use exploring climate change challenges and solutions for the British Columbia lower mainland. Thanks to SSHRC connection grant funding they brought researchers, youth, government and teachers together to workshop the tool and its application, and discuss broader issues of climate change education. Branded a ‘Cool Tools‘ event, I contributed my low-tech work with MREM Jillian Baker and Jason Loxton using art in schools to teach and evaluate climate change modules. I was reminded of the lack of success we had getting our modules through the Department of Education and into teacher’s hands, perhaps because at the time there were only two learning outcomes in the entire NS curriculum that directly related to climate change. I hope things have changed now, five years later.