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Introductions January 22

Short summary of paricipant interests, goals, experience

Introductions -

Steve Polasky - Minnesota, Environmental and Resource Economics

  • Production of ecosystem services, how does human impact change service provision

  • Dry land ecosystem analysis, working with on coastal marine management with UCSB scientists, Fishery management and general equilibrium

  • Spatial management PPF (or efficiency frontier) involving economic benefits vs. preserving ecological diversity

Lori Cramer - OSU, Sociology

  • US based mostly, working with intersection between sociology and ecology

  • Social impact in communities, forest service (ski lifts at steamboat), DOE and setting of hazardous waste facilities, natural resource organizations

  • Oregon sea grant, coastal communities, human and community capital

  • Bring to he group, social structure and social institution knowledge, social modeling, help strengthen relationship between coastal management and communities

Sally Hacker - OSU, Marine Community Ecologist, Zoology dept

  • Marine estuary work, relationship between community structure and strength of interaction between species, trying to figure out which species are important and for what reasons

  • Salt marsh work in New England for PhD, looked at interspecies relationships

  • Looking into aquaculture, oyster farming and eel grass habitats (non-native Japanese oysters brought invasive flora)

  • Bruwine shrimp, bioengineered, live with oysters and thought of as pests

  • Rocky intertidal systems in New Zealand, Cal and Oregon coast, looking at how upwelling (nutrient) influences community structure

  • Dune grass and sand dunes in Oregon, positive vs. negative impacts of introduction of dune preserving grass

Chris Kennedy - Wyoming, Economics grad student

  • Chemical engineering

  • Empirical experience, applied game theory and behavioral economics

  • Interdisciplinary experience

Ed Barbier - Wyoming, Economics

  • 20 years in Europe, interest in development and economic resources

  • How poor countries utilize scarce resources

  • Coastal land interests recently, mangrove issues

Elise Granek - Portland State

  • Linkages between mangrove forests and coral reefs, energy flow between (panama, belize)

  • Effects of watershed disturbance on marine systems in Oregon

  • socio-economic factor effects on conservation success of coral reefs - Comoros islands

  • Specialty - mangrove coral reef connectivity, stable isotope analysis - nutrient flows, and disturbance ecology, connection between systems, coming from community conservation education

  • Interests in working group - develop framework for assessing value of coastal habitats, utilize coastal habitats as a foundation for ecosystem-based management

  • provide tools for managers, engage stakeholders by providing a value on ecosystem services

Ben Halpern - NCEAS, Evolutionary biology, ecology

  • Species dynamics over life cycle

  • Marine reserve theory and design, how different areas perform (mostly synthetic and theoretical, some empirics)

  • Community ecology and dynamic changes to such

  • Global threat assessment for marine ecosystems, ranking and mapping anthropogenic effects on marine communities, eventually have a map showing how humans are impacting

Carrie Kappel - NCEAS, Postdoc Marine EBM Program

  • Tied to Micheli and Rosenberg working group (Science Frameworks for EBM), develop a scientific framework for implementation of EBM in coastal marine systems

    • Develop integrated models to investigate management action and different tradeoffs

    • Develop empirical valuation approaches to support both model development and management

  • Models of species interaction to integrate into EBM, produce rules of thumb for managers (fisheries, coastal farmers)

  • Empirics - Statistical models of human activities and links to ecosystem characteristics, more micro based looking at tradeoffs rather than a lump sum valuation

  • Ecosystem boundary delineation via spatial analysis, anthropogenic factors

  • Interdisciplinary work - Bahamas Biocomplexity project; EPA funded work on investigating climate change and impacts on coral reefs

David Stoms - UCSB, Geographer at Bren School

  • GIS multicriteria analysis - land suitability, vaunerability and resistance, homogeneous regions

  • Conservation planning methods - reserve selection, prioritization, ecosystem services

  • Use logical modeling tools to create filters in order to classify land

David Bael - Minnesota, Applied economics grad student

  • Biology, MIT; Public Policy, Minnesota

  • Grad work in conservation biology

  • worked in environmental consulting and community development

  • Maximizing ecological return on investments, land use planning, modeling incentive based policies

  • CV, Travel Cost, Hedonics valuation methods, programming experience

  • Economics and ecological conservation

Shankar Aswani - UCSB, Anthropology, Ecology

  • Ethno history, archeology, human ecology

  • Solomon Islands - local knowledge, indigenous knowledge and integration into management plans, creates hybrid methodology between hard and social sciences, tradeoffs involved

  • Created network of marine protected areas in the Solomons

  • Development work, 13 projects building clinics, schools, etc

  • Cultural sensitivity analysis, microeconomic analysis, spatial analysis, nutritional and medical anthropology

  • Use local knowledge in conjunction with EBM

Jurgenne Primavera - Mindanao State University, Phillipines

  • Asian aquaculture research (80-90% of all)

  • Environmental and socioeconomic implications of shrimp farming on mangroves, loss of mangroves due to production

  • Integrated mangrove aquaculture systems in Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, etc.

  • Difficult to implement, long term benefits

  • Mangrove education projects involving students (high school and university), Instructional modules

  • Using local governance to conserve and rehabilitate mangroves

    • establish nurseries, educational campaigns community management

Evamaria Koch - Maryland, Center for Environmental Science

      • Seagrasses - flowering, sub-tidal marine plants, important for all the services they provide, considered one of the most valuable ecosystems on the planet

      • Global changes and seagrasses - monitoring (seagrassNet), sea level rises (shoreline retreat) and global warming affects on seagrass, hurricanes and hydrodynamics, seagrass habitat requirements, wave exposure

      • Designing coastal protection programs, breakwalls aren't always the best, sandbars better, working with US Army Corps of Engineers

      • Want to develop consistent valuation process of services provided by grasses

by Chris Kennedy last modified 22-01-2007 14:13

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