Landscapes - People - Global change

Month: December 2023

New empirical paper in Ecosystem Services

Fig. 1. Building the case: the intersecting ways that ES was used to elevate the status of environmental considerations in urban planning and policy.

The first of Kate Thompson’s empirical IDPhD papers is out this week in Ecosystem Services, Building the case for protecting urban nature: How urban planners use the ideas, rhetoric, and tools of ecosystem services science. Based on interviews with urban planners in Greater Vancouver, Calgary and Halifax Regional Municipality, Kate and her committee describe how conceptual, strategic and instrumental use differ in the tasks to which they are put as well as who is using them (see above).

New review paper: social license to operate and coastal management

Table 1 in Margeson et al. 2023 showing factors that influenced coastal
SLO with associated themes that
emerged from the literature

Congratulations to Keahna and her PhD committee for the publication of her first comprehensive exam as a review in Environmental Management yesterday, The Role of Social License in Non-Industrial Marine and Coastal Planning: a Scoping Review. The idea of social license to operate is often used in industrial contexts, but in Nova Scotia we know that public acceptance can also be an issue with coastal activities such as conservation or restoration and related  nature-based coastal adaptation techniques. Using an SES lens Keahna reviewed 85 relevant papers–most from Europe and North America–and found key drivers to be sense of place, costs and benefits, perceived risk, trust and knowledge.

Fall 2024 omnibus

From left to right, Brooke, Patricia, Karen, Sam and I at Samantha’s MES defense

First, belated congratulations are due to Samantha Howard, who defended her MES thesis earlier in the fall term. Thanks to Brooke (her co-supervisor), Karen Akerlof of George Mason University in Washington, DC (her committee member), and Patricia Manuel from Dalhousie’s School of Planning for the great discussion of Sam’s work. Her thesis is now available on Dalspace:  Understanding Psychological Drivers of Attitudes Towards Coastal Climate Adaptations in the Minas Basin, Nova Scotia.

Brooke discussing the Advanced Grazing Systems program she is studying at the CFGA 2023 conference.

Second, great to see Brooke engaging with livestock producers, commodity group organizations and NGOs at this year’s Canadian Forage and Grassland Association (CFGA) conference in Harrison Hot Springs, BC. Her presentation was called Rotational grazing: Examining perspectives for sustainable Canadian landscapes, and draws upon her mixed methods research around the national grazing mentorship program Advanced Grazing Systems that is a partnership between CFGA and Farmers for Climate Solutions. Can’t deny that it is also a great time of year to be visiting somewhere with hot springs!

Last, today, Patrick James presented his MREM project to complete his program at Dalhousie. Over the summer, Patrick worked for the ResNet project on system dynamic modelling of specific ecosystem services, supervised by Lara. Over the fall term he has been supervised by Brooke, working on the SSHRC Partnership Engage Grant she led to understand how farmers are experiencing the New Brunswick Living Lab program. Congratulations, Patrick, and thanks for all the contributions you made to the lab!

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